Michael F. Berry
B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
(Autumn 2013) Over the past two decades, hip hop culture, and particularly rap music, has become one of the most popular modes of youth expression on the planet. From its roots as a localized, neighborhood-based art form to a commercialized global product, rap music continues to inspire both controversy and political engagement. This course examines the impact of globalization on rapís musical and lyrical content.
Student learning goals
To increase studentís understanding of the interactions between the historical, material and political conditions that preceded hip hop culture.
To allow opportunities for students to demonstrate engagement with the topic and themes of the course in a variety of forms including class discussions, research, the close-reading of texts, writing about music and visual culture, etc.
To develop studentís awareness of the relationship between culture, power and the construction of knowledge.
To find creative ways to put hip hopís primary discursive practice (rap lyrics) into conversation with theoretical texts in order to make connections between traditions of anti-racist struggle.
General method of instruction
Readings from scholarly and popular literature; class discussion; formal and informal writing opportunities
Class assignments and grading
Readings, class discussion, library worksheet, creation of a Google e-portfolio site, small assignments leading up to a final research paper.
Participation: 40% Final written paper: 40% Midterm examination: 20%