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Georgia M. Roberts
BIS 313
Bothell Campus

Issues in Media Studies

Examines a variety of issues involved in understanding different forms of media and their impact on our lives, in contexts spanning from local to global, using a wide range of theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological approaches.

Class description

Bigger than Hip Hop

This course will explore the post-Civil Rights political history of the U.S. through the lens of hip hop culture. What constitutes hip hop as a specific cultural movement? Are there differences between one who practices the four elements (mc, dj, b-boy/b-girl, graffiti artist) and the audience who simply consumes and/or listens to rap music? What kinds of social, political and cultural issues are on the table when artists, intellectuals and politicians talk about hip hop culture, or perhaps more precisely, the 'hip hop generation' and/or the hip hop 'nation'? What are some of the features of hip hop's unique social and political imaginary? How is it similar and/or different from previous social movements?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

online readings & guided discussion, final research paper

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

This class is entirely online, however I may schedule 2-3 in person meetings which would be held on Fridays @ 3:30pm.


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 Georgia M. Roberts
Date: 10/22/2012