MUS 156 Spring 2013 Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz (D) (W)

Cross Listed as AMST156, COMP156, AFR156, ENGL223
Taking its title from the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," which interprets the blackbird in different ways, this course similarly explores a more complex, multi-layered perspective on jazz, from jazz and American democracy to jazz in visual art. Accordingly, the course introduces students to several genres, including historical documents, cultural criticism, music, literature, film, photography and art. The course does not draw on a musicological method but rather a socio-cultural analysis of the concept, music and its effect--so students are not required to have any prior musical knowledge or ability. In this writing intensive course, students will write short close analyses of multiple types of media, ultimately building up to an argumentative essay. This EDI course explores the musical expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World, as well as the myriad ways in which representations of jazz signify on institutional power, reaffirm dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, gender and class, and signal inequality in order to contest it.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 1 quiz, weekly 2-page response essays in course journal, 2 4-page close analyses, 1 oral presentation/performance with 2-page critical report, and 1 6- to 8-page argumentative essay, totaling slightly over 20 pages of written work
Additional Info: not available for the Gaudino option and cannot be taken Pass/Fail
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Distribution Notes: Meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR and AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP, MUS or ENGL
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3261
MUS156-01(S) LEC Looking at Jazz (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Rashida K. Braggs
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hopkins Roger Room 3261
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