MUSI 444 (H01) - Music and Social Change

Hon/Music and Social Change

Durham   Liberal Arts :: Music
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 14113
The connections between music and social change with a twofold goal: 1) to heighten critical listening skills so as to become more aware of ways in which music can express social attitudes; and 2) to introduce the social, cultural, and political issues surrounding the music being studied. Course work consists of listening to selected repertoires, reading scholarly and popular essays about those repertories, and extensive in-class (and on-line) discussion about issues raised by the listening and reading. This course does not fulfill a music major program requirement nor does it satisfy the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery requirement for any music major program. Writing intensive.
Section Comments: Open only to new freshmen in June. Continuing students who will be freshmen or sophomores in the fall may register when WEBCAT registration re-opens in mid-July.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed classes in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Only the following students: Honors Program
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Inquiry (Discovery), Honors course, Fine&PerformingArts(Discovery)
Instructors: Rose Pruiksma

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 3:40pm - 5:00pm PCAC M220
Additional Course Details: 

This semester we will be focusing on music and social change with respect to the current social movements for racial justice and especially the long history and traditions of African diaspora and Black music as it intersected with struggles for societal changes.  All readings will be drawn from online resources, and the course will include regular discussion, both synchronous and asynchronous (in the form of online discussions).  You may wish to make sure that you have subscriptions to Netflix and DisneyPlus.

We will engage with a variety of musics and styles, including works like Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer and "Hell You Talmbout," Daniel Bernard Roumain's classical compositions, the music of Rhiannon Giddens, Terence Blanchard's music for Spike Lee films, Max Roach and Abby Lincoln's Freedom Now, and many other musicians and composers (whether or not we know their names).

I have attached my Fall 2021 syllabus; the basic outline will be similar, but specific content is likely to change, as I continue to read and listen and develop new materials.