In this introductory level course, students will learn about American popular culture over the last century. The course will focus on examining how pop culture shapes people’s lives, including how pop culture impacts the way people think, feel, vote, shop, and live in general. A wide range of topics will be covered, including: television, radio, music, art, fads, fashion, sports and literature. Students will also examine the “rise of the celebrity,” and how the rise and role of American celebrities has changed over the years.