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Social Dimensions of Music
SOC 252
Spring 2012
Section: 01  

This course will explore the ways in which music is an inherently social practice and form of expression, from its writing, performance, and recording, to its distribution, consumption, and reception. In particular, the course will focus on how genres of "popular" music organize and shape how we hear, understand, and take pleasure in the arrangement and production of music/lyrics; the boundaries between human bodies, technologies, and the environment; and the positions of artists and audiences, within relations of power and value. Genres examined will include hip-hop, folk, rock, metal, pop, house/techno and various indie subgenres. Questions asked will include How and why do genres of music value divergent aesthetic qualities, and what are the social implications of these value judgments? How is music used to establish and shape social (and antisocial) space? How might music challenge paradigms of social thought rooted in the linguistic and the visual? How do musical practices both reproduce and challenge the racing and sexing/gendering of bodies?

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: SOC151 OR SOC152
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SOC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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