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Listening to the World: The Cultural Power of Sound (FYS)
Spring 2021
Section: 01  

Sound plays an important, but often overlooked, part in our sense and understanding of the world. How do sounds make meaning? How does what we hear affect what we know? In what ways is listening different from watching? Drawing from cultural anthropology, philosophy, ethnomusicology, human geography, architecture, cultural studies, experimental art criticism, media, performance, and sound studies, this course will explore strategies for writing about and representing aural stimuli. We will "sound" these strategies against an archive of music videos; rap, pop, and electronic music from around the world; urban and rural soundscapes; film soundtracks; as well as contemporary performance and sound art that foreground sonic experimentation. Students will be encouraged to develop ethnographic skills that experiment with what it means to listen to, research, and write about soundscapes and culture, and are invited to experiment with different forms for assignments, including spoken word, podcasts, and other kinds of live and recorded sounds.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (MUST-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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