|Field of Study:||Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
|Description:||The Interdisciplinary MA Program in Popular Culture is housed in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film. Its participating faculty are drawn from a number of different departments across the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities, but they all share the common view that the study of Popular Culture in its varied forms is a valuable and worthwhile scholarly endeavour that enables us to understand how societies, including our own, function and thrive. The forms of Popular Culture include literary texts and works of art as well as the mass media, including television, film, radio, recordings, advertising, newspapers and magazines, sport, rituals, fashion and fads. The study of Popular Culture in the program involves analyzing these expressive forms as aesthetic objects whose meaning depends on and illuminates the social, historical and cultural contexts in which they are created, disseminated, interpreted and used. Methods range from textual analysis to ethnographic observation and participant interviews.