HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 001 Don't Believe the Hype: Critical Analyses of Hip-Hop in Contemporary America
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors
Class Misc Info:
Minicourse meeting Sept. 19-Nov. 14. (Drop/Add deadline=Oct. 2.)..
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

On November 12, 2003, Bill O’Reilly interviewed hip-hop artist Cam’Ron and his producer Damon Dash on Fox News Channel’s The O'Reilly Factor. As would be expected, O’Reilly degraded his guests and undermined their music as “hurtful to children.” Similar critiques are increasingly common as hip-hop becomes more and more a part of mainstream American culture. This course disputes popular conceptions of hip-hop, challenging students to critically assess the deeper dimensions of current debates.

The class will meet once a week for 7 weeks, analyzing hip-hop thematically. After discussing the origins of hip-hop culture, course material will focus on themes of misogyny, civil rights activism, violence and race in hip-hop. Throughout the semester, students will develop a critical consciousness to evaluate hip-hop in contemporary America. The course will culminate with an application of that critical consciousness to a case study of rapper, actor and poet Tupac Shakur.

Course expectations include weekly reading assignments available online, 2 films to be viewed outside of class, a one-page response paper and a final paper or project. Each week, students will be emailed a quote that will guide the in-class conversation. Although the course will be primarily discussion-driven, a class on hip-hop would be incomplete without an audio sampling of the genre. As such, each class period will begin with a song related to the theme under discussion.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
20349
Closed
0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on Sept. 19
002 (SEM)
P
24158
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 11
003 (SEM)
P
20350
Open
1
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 18
004 (SEM)
P
20351
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 12
005 (SEM)
P
21528
Closed
0
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 17
006 (SEM)
P
21537
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 12
007 (SEM)
P
22823
Open
2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 18
008 (SEM)
P
24159
Open
2
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: note: class starts meeting on September 10
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