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Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
AFRAM 330
Seattle Campus

Music, Folklore, and Performance in Black Society

Focuses on cultural expressions created by people of African descent in the Unites States in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on music, folklore, dance, and humor. Offered: WSp.

Class description

AFRAM 330 is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on cultural expressions created by people of African descent in the United States in the last one hundred years, with an emphasis on music, folklore, dance and humor. The class examines the development of popular musical forms like ragtime, jazz, blues, soul, and hip hop. Our discussion of popular culture will also focus on folklore. From the traditions of the rural South to the streets of urban America, tricksters and other complicated culture heroes have offered important messages about race, gender, and social justice in the 20th-century United States.

Student learning goals

Understand that what we commonly call “black culture” has been shaped by exchanges with diverse ethnic and racial groups.

Analyze how black popular culture reflects significant social, economic and political transformations in U.S. history.

Interpret how socially-constructed categories of race, class and gender also inform cultural production and response.

Improve analytical and writing skills through writing scholarly reviews and completing weekly music writing labs.

General method of instruction

Lecture; discussion

Recommended preparation

AFRAM 101, AFRAM/HSTAA 150, or AFRAM/HSTAA 270 are recommended.

Class assignments and grading

The students will have exams and multiple writing assignments (including in-class response essays, a book review, and a final paper).

In-class response essays: 20% Exams: 30% Book review: 20% Final paper: 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
Date: 10/17/2013