COMP 156
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jazz
Last Offered Fall 2015
Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 223 / COMP 156 / AFR 156 / AMST 156
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

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 Accordingly, the course introduces students to several genres, including historical documents, cultural criticism, music, literature, film, photography and art.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 and revise short close analyses of multiple types of media, ultimately honing their writing skills on one form of media for a polished, original analysis that weds their increased critical thinking skills. 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.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1205
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon class participation, 1 quiz, several 2-page response essays, one 3-page essay, one 5-page essay, one oral presentation/performance with 3-page critical report, totaling approximately 20 pages of written work
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR and AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 223 Division I COMP 156 Division I AFR 156 Division II AMST 156 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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  • COMP 156 - LEC Looking at Jazz
    COMP 156 LEC Looking at Jazz
    Division II Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
    Not offered

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