Overview • Compare an item of interest from your Pop Culture Research group to a

Overview
• Compare an item of interest from your Pop Culture Research group to a historical version of itself.
• Use your Critical School of Thought group focus to conduct your analysis.
Consider how this item has changed over time through the lens of your Critical School of Thought.
• Conclude your analysis with an evaluative stance (meaning to argue for how the artifact has gotten better or worse over time).
• Utilize at least two outside sources of research in completing this analysis.
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Pop Culture Artifact
Consider some aspect of your pop culture focus group that can be compared to a past version of itself. For example, if you are in the Music and Music Culture group
you might pick two albums from one of your favorite music artists, if you are in the Health and Wellness group you might look at how a certain illness has been treated
over time, or if you’re in the Sports and Sports Culture you might look at a particular sport has evolved over the years. Look for artifacts that allow you to focus on the
changes that can be analyzed using your chosen Critical School of Thought group focus.
Critical School of Thought
As you decide on an artifact from your chosen Popular Culture group, think about how you might apply your Critical School of Thought analysis to that comparison.
You might look at how concepts of gender have changed over time in your particular Pop Culture Artifact if you are in the Gender Studies group. If you’re working from
the Critical Race Theory group, you might analyze how constructions or depiction of race has changed from one version of your artifact to the next. It is important to
make sure your Critical School of Thought focus is present in your selection of a Pop Culture artifact to focus on.

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