This course acknowledges that “popular culture” is a very broad area of study and engagement within the academy. It recognizes that “popular culture” often refers to those areas of expression that are subversive, counter-cultural, and which challenge more traditional ways of knowing and ways of doing. While this course will engage and interrogate notions of the “popular” and other important contested concepts, it provides a context for an examination of popular expression as creative process. The reference to “creative culture” also allows for an examination of late 20th century responses by Caribbean and other governments, practitioners, private sector institutions, and education centres to the repositioning of culture globally. The course takes note of the ways in which Caribbean culture is affected by and responds to international phenomena. To this end, the course concerns itself with a set of areas. These areas relate to specific genres of expression, or specific movements, or specific conceptual and practical phenomena which continue to preoccupy scholars of popular culture.