SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Section: 002 Sociology of Music
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What could be more personal than creating music? or experiencing it? But the sociological perspective sees that every aspect of musical production is affected by social context and that music, in turn, has played a profound role in our societies and subcultures.

This course will examine the relationship of music and society, moving from micro to macro units of analysis: the individual in social context (composer, musician, audience member), the musical group, musical institutions, music in subcultures and societies, and global dimensions of music.

Class time will focus on the discussion of coursepak articles that range from the highly theoretical works of Weber and Adorno to the applied works of Tia DeNora. From time to time these discussions will be supplemented by guest speakers and media pieces.

Major grading components will include:

  1. a group project during the first half of the term based on interviews with members of a musical group and observations of their social behaviors during rehearsal and performance;
  2. a “science fair” style presentation during the second half of the term displaying research on the role of music in a specific subculture or society;
  3. periodic examinations on the readings;
  4. a final take-home essay exam.

It is intended that the class include both music school students and sociology concentrators; therefore, one course in either music or sociology is a prerequisite for the course.

SOC 295 - Topics in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
3LSA Hnrs
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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003 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Counts toward Social Inequality subconcentration.
004 (LEC)
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Note: Counts toward Social Inequality subconcentration.
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