Popular culture as pedagogy in the political theory classroom: reflections from higher education

Jester, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0002-7995-3028 (2020) Popular culture as pedagogy in the political theory classroom: reflections from higher education. European Political Science. doi:10.1057/s41304-020-00287-6 (In Press)

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Abstract

Political theory, with its abstract reasoning and unfamiliar vocabulary, is a subject that students are often apprehensive about. Whilst popular culture has been employed extensively in the teaching of other areas of political science, such as international relations, I seek to draw attention to its comparative under-use in political theory and argue that it is a highly effective teaching tool for this subject. I use the autoethnographic method to make my case, drawing on my years-long experience in the university classroom, and take this position for three key reasons: the familiar nature of popular culture allows students to more easily acclimate to the political theory classroom, it renders abstract political theory concrete, and provides a useful arena in which to better test the logic of political theory arguments, enhancing student criticality.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political theory; Popular culture; Teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Nat Jester
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 11:10
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2021 15:45
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9135

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