HU 340 Herzing University W2 Theories of Popular Culture Discussion

Unit 2 Assessment – Theories of Popular Culture

  • Due Sunday by 11:59pm
  • Points 85
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Instructions

Analyze: Theories of Popular Culture

Evaluation Title: Theories of Popular Culture

For this assignment you will provide a detailed discussion of a theory of pop culture and provide critical discussion of this theory. The purpose of this assignment is to help you hone your critical thinking skills. You will provide exposition and criticism of a theory of pop culture. You may choose either Mass Cultural Theory or Critical Theory.

Your essay should include some discussion of the following questions:

1. What or who determines popular culture? Where does popular culture come from? Does it emerge from the people themselves as an autonomous expression of their interests and modes of experience, or is it imposed from above by those in positions of power as a type of social control?

2. Describe how commercialization and industrialization influences popular culture. Does reducing culture to commodity mean that the criteria of profitability and marketability take precedence over quality, artistry, integrity and intellectual challenge? Or does it result in a universal market where what is popular actually corresponds to what people want and think is valuable? Does marketability and profitability actually produce quality art or does it only benefit business interests?

3. Is popular culture used to control and indoctrinate the people? Is it used to get people to accept and adhere to ideas and values which will ensure the continued dominance of a particular elite and allow them to exercise power over them? Or is popular culture about rebellion and opposition to the prevailing social order? Is pop cultural a spontaneous genuine burst of creativity or is it just a means through which a dominate group exercises control of society?

4. After you provide an accurate account of one of these theories of pop culture, you should then review the strengths and weaknesses of the theory. Can you identify some objections to the theory? You can research objections, but you need to consult reputable sources.

Specifications:

Submit a 1000-1200 word essay addressing the questions above.

In your essay:

  • Be sure to structure your essay with an introduction paragraph that includes a thesis statement, well-organized supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion that reiterates the main points of your argument.
  • Your argument should be supported by reputable research cited in APA format both in the body of the paper and in your references section.

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Estimated time to complete: 3 hours

Rubric

Unit 2 Assessment – Theories of Popular Culture

Unit 2 Assessment – Theories of Popular Culture

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic

10.0 pts

5

Identifies a creative, focused, and manageable topic clearly addressing important points.

9.0 pts

4

Identifies a manageable topic that addresses important points.

8.0 pts

3

Identifies a focused topic that addresses important points.

7.0 pts

2

Identifies a topic that while doable, is too narrowly focused.

6.0 pts

1

Identifies a topic that is far too general and wide-ranging as to be doable.

0.0 pts

0

Does not clearly identify a topic or identifies a topic that is not relevant to the assignment.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExisting Knowledge, Research, and/or Views

15.0 pts

5

Uses in-depth information from relevant sources representing multiple points of views (3 or more) or research aspects (3 or more).

14.0 pts

4

Describes in-depth information from relevant sources representing at least two points of view or research aspects.

12.0 pts

3

Explains information from relevant sources representing at least two points of view or research aspects.

11.0 pts

2

Relates information from relevant and irrelevant sources. No clear point of view(s) of approach(s) are identified.

9.0 pts

1

Tells information from irrelevant sources representing a single point of view or does not identify points of view or approaches

0.0 pts

0

Information is irrelevant to the topic. No clear point of view/approaches.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContentHU340-CO1

15.0 pts

5

Demonstrates the ability to construct a clear and insightful problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of all relevant contextual factors.

14.0 pts

4

Demonstrates the ability to construct a problem statement, thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors, and problem statement is adequately detailed

12.0 pts

3

Begins to demonstrate the ability to construct a problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement with evidence of most relevant contextual factors, but problem statement is superficial.

11.0 pts

2

Demonstrates a limited ability in identifying a problem statement/thesis statement/topic statement or related contextual factors.

9.0 pts

1

Demonstrates the ability to explain contextual facts but does not provide a defined statement.

0.0 pts

0

There is no evidence of a defined statement.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis

15.0 pts

5

Organizes and compares evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

14.0 pts

4

Organizes and interprets evidence to reveal patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

12.0 pts

3

Organizes and describes evidence according to patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

11.0 pts

2

Organizes evidence, but the organization is not effective in revealing patterns, differences, or similarities.

9.0 pts

1

Describes evidence, but it is not organized and/ or is unrelated to focus.

0.0 pts

0

Lists evidence, but it is not organized and/ or is unrelated to focus.

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

10.0 pts

5

Assembles a conclusion that is a logical interpretation from findings.

9.0 pts

4

Constructs a conclusion that is logical from inquiry findings.

8.0 pts

3

Identifies a conclusion specifically from and responds specifically to the findings.

7.0 pts

2

Produces a general conclusion that, because it is so general, also applies beyond the scope of the inquiry findings.

6.0 pts

1

States an ambiguous or unsupportable conclusion from findings.

0.0 pts

0

States an illogical conclusion from findings.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLimitations and Implications

5.0 pts

5

Insightfully discusses in detail relevant and supported limitations and implications.

4.0 pts

4

Examines relevant and supported limitations and implications.

3.0 pts

3

Discusses relevant and supported limitations and implications.

2.0 pts

2

Presents relevant and supported limitations and implications.

1.0 pts

1

Presents limitations and implications, but they are unsupported.

0.0 pts

0

Presents limitations and implications, but they are irrelevant.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting

10.0 pts

5

The paper exhibits a excellent command of written English language conventions. The paper has no errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling.

9.0 pts

4

The paper exhibits a good command of written English language conventions. The paper has no errors in mechanics, or spelling with minor grammatical errors that impair the flow of communication.

8.0 pts

3

The paper exhibits a basic command of written English language conventions. The paper has minor errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that impact the flow of communication.

7.0 pts

2

The paper exhibits a limited command of written English language conventions. The paper has frequent errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that impede the flow of communication.

6.0 pts

1

The paper exhibits little command of written English language conventions. The paper has errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that cause the reader to stop and reread parts of the writing to discern meaning.

0.0 pts

0

The paper does not demonstrate command of written English language conventions. The paper has multiple errors in mechanics, grammar, or spelling that cause the reader difficulty discerning the meaning.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPAPRICE-I

5.0 pts

5

The required APA elements are all included with correct formatting, including in-text citations and references.

4.0 pts

4

The required APA elements are all included with minor formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

3.0 pts

3

The required APA elements are all included with multiple formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

2.0 pts

2

The required APA elements are not all included. AND/OR there are major formatting errors, including in-text citations and references.

1.0 pts

1

Several APA elements are missing. The errors in formatting demonstrate limited understanding of APA guidelines, in-text-citations, and references.

0.0 pts

0

There is little to no evidence of APA formatting. AND/OR there are no in-text citations AND/OR references.

5.0 pts

Total Points: 85.0

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