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Global Hip-Hop
MUSC 295
Summer 2014
Section: 01  

Over the past two decades, hip hop, in its various facets of rap, deejaying, dance, visual art, fashion, and attitude toward authority, has gradually taken over as a primary medium of expression for youth around the world. Used as mass entertainment, elite aesthetic statement, social and political commentary, tool for education and social change, vehicle for economic opportunity, and as the core of a cultural movement, hip hop has proven malleable enough to thrive embedded in scores of different languages and cultures around the world and effectively speak to local needs. Yet its local manifestations have also managed to retain their membership in a global hip hop culture, now in its third generation.

In this seminar we will study the global spread of hip hop from an interdisciplinary approach using multiple perspectives, immersing ourselves in a combination of reading, web research, listening to recordings, viewing videos, and discussion. A key theme will be understanding the varied impacts of globalization through the lens of hip hop. Student interest and expertise will be taken into account in the overall balance of the semester.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA MUSC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUSC)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-21-2014
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