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Hip Hop History and Activism

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Spring 2010
Ethnic Studies 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Hip Hop today is seen as a musical and cultural phenomenon that has spread globally transcending the borders of race and nation.  The class will cover the history of Hip Hop from its emergence in the inner-city of New York City in the 70's to now.  Issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality will be covered in light of localized Hip Hop community formations, the media, and globalization.  

Questions include:

How and why did Hip Hop become so successful in American pop culture? 

What are the social, political, and economic implications of Hip Hop's role in American consumer and capitalist culture?  

What are the problematics of Hip Hop's representation of race, class, and gender and how does it mirror American culture and values at large?

What are the different contexts domestically and globally under which Hip Hop is used for social change and activism versus it being manipulated to fuel Americanization and globalization?

What constitutes authenticity when culture becomes commodified and corporatized?  And so on...   

In addition to approaching Hip Hop through a multi and inter-disciplinary lens by reading scholarly articles and chapters from "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" by Jeff Chang, watching various clips from films and documentaries such as Breakin', Wild Style, Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Scratch, the Art of Rhyme, and more.  Students are required to take part in at least 10 hours of Hip Hop activism and community work.  A final open-ended class presentation or reflection at the end of the semester 

How to Enroll:

We are allowing a max number of thirty five students in the class.  We are operating on a first come, first served basis.  Therefore, the CCN will be given out on the first day of class.  Students who are interested in taking the course do not necessarily have to have a background of Hip Hop artistry or knowledge to take the class.  Knowledge and perspectives from all kinds are welcomed. 

Course Contact: sonchau AT


Faculty Sponsor: Robert Allen

Time & Location:

Section 9Son Chau
Rahul Patel
35104 BarrowsTu 5p-6:30p2/02full

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