This contemporary reading and writing-based course explores a variety of themes found in the discourse of popular culture, critical theory, and visual communication such as the role of consumer society and the corporation, the cultural influence of T.V. and film, the creation of mythic characters, the politics of advertising, the construction of identity, the advent of cyber-cultures and technology, and the power of visual imagery. In addition, students learn to analyze and evaluate representations of race, gender, class and sexuality across various cultural mediums. The course uses articles, essays, book excerpts, and other media, which deal with current issues, ideas, and trends relating to contemporary culture. Course assignments include objective analysis, visual critiques, content quizzes, a research paper, weekly discussion forums, and content tests.