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IDS 404 - Popular Culture

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

 Social Sciences

If you were researching 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stanley Kubrick through the social science lens, you would think about how this topic relates to or has impacted culture, society and humanity.  Consider the following questions that we might ask in thinking about the social science lens and this film impacted the world.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey has become a cultural touch stone. How does other media directly reference or satirize 2001: A Space Odyssey and what does that say about our cultural consumption?​
  • What films and other pop culture artifacts were influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey?
  • How has 2001: A Space Odyssey influenced interest in STEM or film?

Suggested Databases

The list of databases below are examples of where you could search for primary and secondary sources on this topic. When we think about constructing some search strategies, we can start with keywords.

Including the keyword: culture or society might not be very helpful, but searching 2001: A Space Odyssey AND Media, might be. The results will be related to your topic and focused on the cultural aspects. Other searches might include:

  • "2001: A Space Odyssey" AND satire
  • "2001: A Space Odyssey" AND Popular AND (Representation OR Culture OR consumption)