SYLLABUS: David W. Scott, “Mormon Cultural Studies”

COMM 3780, Utah Valley University 2019

Course Description:

Examines the intersection of media, popular culture, and Mormonism. Readings include analysis of the social construction of Mormonism through representations in the media, official and unofficial LDS discourse, folklore, material culture, and history. Additionally, cultural theories of race, gender, orientalism, and tribalism, will guide the classroom discussions.

Course Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding the role of discourse in the building and sustaining of religious identity
  2. Evaluate and critique media representations of Mormons and the LDS Church
  3. Describe the interplay of religiosity and media use by Latter-day Saints
  4. Assess the role of power (gender, race, and authority) in the construction of Mormon identity