English 24

Freshman Seminar: Cults in Popular Culture

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2020 Saha, Poulomi
Tuesdays 2-3 305 Wheeler


We are fascinated by cults. What is it about communities and groups that promise total belief and total enthrallment that so captures the imagination? This course will look at a range of representations of cults in popular culture—from the documentary Wild Wild Country to novels, journalistic exposés, and films—to consider what cults might tell us about society, politics, religion, and our sense of self. This class hopes to invite students who are ready to be themselves fascinated, enthralled, and perhaps entraced. One of the tasks before us will be to learn how to think critically in the face of that fascination. Students will also be asked to be ready to work collaboratively with one another over the course of the semester, building thier own intentional community of sorts.

This 1-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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