MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
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Undergraduates only.
May be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
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This discussion-based class invites participants to approach contemporary culture as critics, rather than consumers. We will examine the functions that music plays in the everyday politics of ideology, identity, emotion, censorship, and the music marketplace. Starting from the premise that music can not only influence our perception of the world but construct our world, we will interrogate the potent social messages which composers have encoded in a wide range of musical works, including but not limited to hip hop, jazz, reggae, pop, rock, techno, Broadway, folk, MTV, gospel, patriotic song, and classical music. A primary task of the course will be to develop a critical vocabulary based upon writers in musicology, ethnomusicology, sociology, literary theory, women's studies, and contemporary music criticism with which to explore the social potency of musical art. Students will be asked to prepare for discussions by keeping an online listening journal and reading scholarly articles. Assignments will include short papers, analytical projects, and a museum-type display.

MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 12:30PM - 2:00PM
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