Jun 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog
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MUSC 102 - Global Pop Music

Credits: 5
Investigates the effect ethnicity, gender/sexuality, religion, marginalization, globalization, and social justice has on pop music. We will look at how local (traditional) and global (post-rock n’ roll/pop) music is used by different cultures as a way to express identity and global membership. Class covers a range of musical genres from K-pop to Afrobeat.

Satisfies Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts/English and Diversity
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify the way that global popular music aesthetics in the post-rock era are incorporated into and fused with indigenous music practices (e.g. K-pop, Bollywood, and Afrobeat).
  2. Produce a project that looks more in-depth into one specific global popular music.
  3. Identify the music and instruments of a selection of musical traditions and how they are used as symbols of indigeneity (e.g. Australian didgeridoo, Shona mbira, and Andean panpipes).
  4. Compare how popular music borrow from the popular music of other countries to associate with social movements (e.g. the use of African-American funk by Fela Kuti and Afrobeat or the use of reggae music as part of the Black Power Movement in Brazil).
  5. Discuss the effects of ethnicity, gender/sexuality, religion, globalization, and social justice on pop music.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historical genres and styles beyond current trends in Performing Arts.
  2. Demonstrate responsibility by one or more of the following: attendance, assignment completion, final project or performance completion.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.

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