Increasingly, university and college classrooms are comprised of students who have “come of age” during the digital era, and are often quite literate in popular culture. While popular culture has been a topic of discussion in university classrooms for decades, it is also an invaluable tool to encourage connections to course content. Including pop culture connections relevant to the course content encourages critical thinking skills and empowers students. This presentation seeks to consider the significance of including pop culture in the college classroom, using examples from recent television programs, advertisements, film, and music, and how these can be applied in our classrooms. Using academic research and specific examples from one Purdue University Global course, American Women, this presentation will address successful application of pop culture selections in the Purdue Global classroom, and provide suggestions for how to incorporate pop culture as part of seminars and discussions.
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