MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
Section: 001 Music and Social Movements
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
Advisory Prerequisites:
Undergraduates only.
Other Course Info:
Graduate students elect MUSICOL 505.
May be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
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This course employs a comparative approach to the analysis of popular music and its role as an expressive and mobilizing force within many of the most significant social movements of the 20th Century. Rather than providing a comprehensive survey, we will examine in depth four regional case studies to illustrate how musical tactics have been employed in specific cultural contexts for specific socio-political ends. These case studies include popular music developments as they relate to: the socialist movement in Chile, the anti-apartheid movement in Southern Africa, the struggle for racial equality in Jamaica, and the civil rights and counter-culture movements in the United States and Britain. Since these social movements all reached their zenith during approximately the same time period (1960s-1980s), we will have a common basis for comparing the various motives and cultural tactics associated with each musical development. In each regional context we will also explore in detail the historical context and contemporary legacy of these events to provide a more complete understanding of how musical styles have been developed and employed to challenge social norms, and to what result. In addition to gaining familiarity with complex socio-cultural concepts and their influence on musical development, students will be expected to learn to identify specific genres, artists, and musical styles.

Course Requirements:

Students will be expected to critically engage with lecture, reading, and media materials in order to contribute meaningfully to class discussions.

MUSICOL 405 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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