GE Course: The Art and Politics of Hip-Hop

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Music 3450

GEN: Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World Theme (CT)

Open to music majors and non-majors. No previous musical experience required.

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Course Description

This course dives into the world of Hip-Hop, from its birth in the Bronx to its infiltration of music, fashion, television, film, dance, print culture and politics, we will consider hip-hop’s influence on identity formation and consumer culture. In doing so, the course materials will consider critically the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation and geography, and the ways in which Hip-Hop functions simultaneously as aesthetic, analytic and politic. Students will be expected to engage critically with the texts, in writing, and through a creative project.