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IDS 404 - Popular Culture

Course guide developed specifically for IDS 404 to help support the research and learning processes.


You’ll pick and research your own topic, but to think about how you’ll explore and research your topic through the lens, consider the following example.

If you were researching 2001: A Space Odyssey through the Science lens, you would think about how this topic relates to or has impacted science and brainstorm related keywords. If it helps, consider:

  • In what ways did Kubrick's vision of the future in 2001: A Space Odyssey match or not match the reality of scientific advancement?
  • In what ways does 2001: A Space Odyssey's portrayal of AI fit with our current understanding of the technology?
  • How was 2001: A Space Odyssey's portrayal of space flight innovative for the time?

Suggested Databases

The list below are some examples of the library's databases that you can use to search for primary and secondary sources. Thinking about your search strategies, we might start to brainstorm by thinking of keywords. 

Including the keyword: Science, might not be very helpful, but searching "2001: A Space Odyssey" AND Space Exploration, could be. The results will be related to your topic and focused on the scientific aspects. Other searches might include:

  • "2001: A Space Odyssey" AND (AI OR Artificial Intelligence)
  • "2001: A Space Odyssey" AND Technology