Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
D 275
Course Title:
Dance and Hip Hop Culture
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Course Description

Examines the historical, artistic, social, and cultural relevance of Hip Hop both in the U.S. and abroad. Uses the four elements of Hip Hop as a foundation to explore a variety of topics related to dance in Hip Hop culture. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:
Identify the artistic, social, historical, and cultural contexts of dance in order to appreciate dance as an integral part of our lives
Recognize artistic movements in Hip Hop history as they related to social and political themes of the same time period.
Examine how personal bias, cultural perspectives, and aesthetic values shape our response to various forms of artistic expression inherent in Hip Hop.

Course Activities and Design

Review and summarize key points from assigned readings, documentaries and live events
Written exams
Class discussion and debate

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Written exams
Written reviews/critiques
Creative project

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Explore the four elements of Hip Hop
Examine how Hip Hop has evolved over time
Identify subcultures of Hip Hop
Evaluate the relationship between Hip Hop and popular media
Provide arguments to support opinions regarding certain forms of artistic expression
Identify and summarize key points contained in documentaries and videos
Attend and review related live events
Complete a creative project embodying an element of Hip Hop culture
Apply skills of observation, interpretation, and evaluation in looking at various forms of artistic expression
Recognize artistic movements in history as they relate to social and political themes of the same
time period