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Music (MUS)
121 Music, 541-346-3761
School of Music
Course Data
  MUS 345M   Music, Politics & Race >2 >AC 4.00 cr.
Examines a variety of musical forms and their relationship to histories of racial and social justice, inequality, and political movements. Offered alternate years. Multilisted with ES 345M.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Kajikawa LHomepage Office:   205 Collier House
Phone:   (541) 346-5742
Office Hours: 1400 - 1600 W and by appointment, Collier House 205, Spring 2017

Instructor: HoSang DHomepage Office:   216 Alder Bldg
Phone:   (541) 346-0931
Office Hours: 1400 - 1700 TW and by appointment, in Alder 216; Spring 2017
Course Materials
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes


27067 1 100 1400-1520 mw 240C MCK Kajikawa L  
HoSang D
Associated Sections

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27070 0 25 1600-1650 w 103 CH Golter S  

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27073 0 25 0900-0950 r 103 CH Cebreros A  

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27075 0 25 1200-1250 r 103 CH Cebreros A  

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27076 1 25 1400-1450 f 103 CH Golter S  
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 3:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 10:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 13:   Add this course
January 13:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 17:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 24:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
January 31:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 21:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
This course challenges students to identify, analyze, and compare the ways that music and politics are co-productive and co-dependent. In other words, what do we learn about politics from listening to music? And what do we learn about music from paying attention to politics? We discuss music’s relationship to histories of social inequality and injustice. Students learn about the experiences and challenges faced by a variety of ethnic and racial groups, including Latinos, African Americans, Jews, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. While no previous background in music is required, students are expected to listen closely to music and lyrics and come to understand the relationship between sounds and the social forces that motivate them.

Our exploration of these themes pays particular attention to the relationship of music and politics in the state of California. It asks, what is the sound of CALIFORNIA? The state has always loomed large in the nation’s political economy and cultural imagination. For successive waves of disenfranchised and subordinated groups, California has represented the good life, a place of freedom and opportunity. Yet from the dawn of the Gold Rush to the rise of Silicon Valley, the specter of inequality has haunted the promise of triumph in the Golden State. This General Education course considers narratives of utopia and dystopia through a wide range of music, film and other cultural texts, centered on themes of migration, violence, racial identity, production and consumption. It pays close attention to an array of musical forms and traditions—from blues to Banda, country to K-Pop, and bebop to hip hop—to consider their relationship to political identity, movements and power.

Finally, as a multicultural-satisfying course fulfilling the "American Cultures" category, the course provides a range of scholarly perspectives into the construction of group-based racial, ethnic and cultural identities, examines the effects of inequality and status hierarchies within American society across time and place, and considers the cumulative effects of race, class, gender, nationality, and sexual orientation. The musical examples specifically address a wide range of groups, histories and identities, and demonstrate the ways these cultures and identities are created in relation to one another. In addition students learn about histories of racial discrimination in housing and employment and segregation.

Guest speakers include artists, writers, and social justice activists.

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