Course Description for Religion and Popular Culture
Religion and Popular Culture
If modern society is, indeed, becoming more secular, what does this mean for the continuing influence or religion? Institutional religion seems to be less and less significant in the lives of individuals, yet the "religiousness" of those individuals persists. This course will explore the presence of themes and functions traditionally associated with religion as they are found in less clearly "religious" aspects of popular culture. This focus will raise questions about the definition of religion and point to the power dynamics implicit in the act of defining.