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Susan Juanita Harewood
BCULST 584
Bothell Campus

Topics in Media Culture

Explores issues in media culture, such as the connections between media and social movements, from cultural studies perspectives. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course is an invitation to think critically about popular music and the political projects that are articulated to it. Though popular music is often dismissed as frivolous, this attitude exists side by side with our commonly held sense that music is special and that it has the power to transform society for good or ill. But what is it about popular music that we assume to be so transformative? Where, when and how are the political projects of popular music brought into being? How do our notions of what constitutes ‘political action’ shape how we think about the political work we believe music can or cannot perform? Taking cultural studies’ dedication to intellectual bricolage seriously, this course draws from a variety of disciplinary perspectives each of which contemplates the complex work that popular music performs in our society. Through readings, listening assignments, analysis of mediated and live musical performances and through careful consideration of their own everyday practices of music consumption and production students will examine how musicians, producers, fans, corporations, activists and policy makers create meaning through their uses of music.

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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 Susan Juanita Harewood
Date: 10/28/2013