Mini-Class in Blog Form

31 Jan

Welcome to Music and The Global Metropolis, NCF ’12 edition. This is a class that I have been teaching over the last few years as a way of bringing together my interests in global cities and global pop. For all of my classes, I use blogs to help extend class content beyond the two weekly meetings. This entry is an extension of the mini-class, and you will find all of the information needed to decide whether or not it is the right class for you

Capping policy: The class will be capped at 20 students. This course is intended for first and second year students with interests in music, anthropology, or cultural studies in the humanities. You must arrive on time the first day to be in the class. Unless cleared with me in advance, I will prioritize music and anthropology AOC’s by year, with first and second year students getting priority, followed by humanities students. After that point, the determining factor will be academic record. There are no prerequisites for this course

Texts: There are three required texts, two of which we will begin using immediately.

  • Turino, Thomas. Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation. University of Chicago Press. (Immediate use. This book is also currently on reserve in the library.)
  • Davis, Mike. Planet of Slums. Verso. (Immediate use. This book is currently on reserve in the library.)
  • Condry, Ian. Hip-Hop Japan. Duke University Press. (Extensive use in the last unit.)

There will also be many other readings that I will distribute throughout the term.

Evaluations: Narrative evaluations will be weighted between in-class participation (30 percent), quizzes (20 percent), written assignments (30 percent), and a final exam (20 percent). You must complete all written assignments to pass the class. Excessive absences will result in an unsatisfactory.

All listening will be organized by city and will be made available at the end of each week. More details TBA.

Written Assignments, Quizzes, and Exams: Throughout the term, there will be directed written assignments intended to help you focus on themes that arise in the course. These will include writing responses, listening responses, and focused attention to a repertoire in a given city. At the end of each unit (city) there will be a short listening quiz of 2-3 examples we have covered in class. The final exam will include short answer and essay questions.

First Reading Assignment: For the first meeting next Tuesday, I expect everyone to read the introduction to Turino’s Music as Social Life. The book is on reserve in library and should be available in the campus book store.


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