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Music, Culture and Social Justice in Latin America (CLAC.50)
CGST 236
Spring 2025
Section: 01  

This course examines influential Latin American musicians and the relationship between their artistic production and the battles for human rights, democracy, and social justice in the hemisphere. The seminar will focus on the periods of dictatorial rule and transition to democracy in the Americas (mostly, from the 1960s through the late 1980s). We will study the main musical trends and leading artists in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries in those decades, assessing the role of their music in battles for free expression, democracy, and social justice in human rights. Among the artists whose work we will consider are Victor Jara (Chile), Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Los Guraguao (Venezuela), Catano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Chico Buarque (Brazil). Students will be encouraged to analyze music through lyrics and song form, while understanding the historical, political, and social climates in which these artistic productions developed. Students will understand how music and culture can be powerful tools of resistance, assessing their impact in educating, inspiring, and creating social awareness and commitment in Latin American societies. This course will be taught in English, Portuguese, and Spanish (introductory or intermediate level is sufficient).
Credit: .5 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CGST
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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