Course Content and Outcomes Guide for MUS 216 Effective Fall 2020
- Course Number:
- MUS 216
- Course Title:
- Introduction to the History of Hip Hop Music
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Course DescriptionIntroduces the music of hip hop through a historical and cultural survey of its history. Covers pre-hip hop influences, the development of the art, its eventual popularity, and contemporary artists and trends. Traces the cultural and societal impacts and connections of the music. Includes an examination of production and musical practices of the style. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Describe the richness and diversity of influences found in the music of hip hop.
- Demonstrate an understanding of American culture and society through the music.
- Identify common traits such as rhythmic devices, text, harmonic/melodic patterns, and production styles found in the different genres of hip hop music.
- Identify the influence of hip hop musical elements in the music of the dominant culture.
Course Activities and Design
Historical and stylistic survey of the music of Hip Hop from it’s formation in the South Bronx in the 1970s, emergence into U.S. and global popular culture in the 1980s and 1990s, and up to the present day. Focus on U.S. artists from the East and West Coasts, and the South. Study of the history, culture, and aesthetics of Hip Hop music serves to illuminate issues of power, politics, and race in U.S. culture of the last 40 years.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Qualitative/Quantitative examination including historical/cultural perspectives
Research papers and/or presentations
Class discussions that involve looking at current events through the student's understanding of hip hop culture
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Out of the ashes: development of Hip Hop culture in New York City
From Genre-less to New Genre: Rap music’s beginnings
Uptown/Downtown: exploitation of hip hop arts in commercial enterprise
The Golden Age of Hip Hop Sampling: creativity collides with litigation
Gangsta Rap’s political edge and cultural hustle
Black Nationalism and the fight for minds
G-funk and the ascendancy of bling in the 1990s
The Rise of the South
Female MCs in “a Man’s World”
Cultural capital: rap appropriations of Jazz
The Roots and the legitimation of Live Band Hip Hop
J Dilla and Neo Soul: in a brand new groove
Tripwires: Underground and mainstream hip hop in the New Millennium
Contemporary contestations: the music and meaning of Hip Hop in the 2010s