ENG236: Popular Culture (3.00 Credits), Department of English
Class time and Location: Fridays, 14:30-17:20, Nicolls, Room 001
Instructor: Dr. Troy Bordun, tbordun@ubishops.ca (he/him/his)
Office hours: Fridays, 17:30-18:30, MacKinnon 109


This course provides an overview of some of the key debates and topics in cultural theory and popular culture including but not limited to visual culture, media and technology, surveillance, celebrity, and pornography. After completion of the course, students will have a well-rounded knowledge of the field of popular culture studies. Moreover, students will be prepared for further study in the areas of popular culture, film studies, and media studies.
The assignments for the course emphasize the diversity of approaches to research on popular culture. Students will assess the state of the Hollywood film industry, take a stroll in Lennoxville, and evaluate celebrities’ social media profiles, among other assignments. In this course, students will discover that this field has few firm boundaries.