Kanye West has affected us all, in one way or another.
Whether it be incidents such as the controversial "George Bush doesn't care about black people" line during the Hurricane Katrina Aid Telecast or standing up for Beyonce at the 2009 VMAs, Kanye has always been at the center of the media spotlight. However, Kanye is much more than just a celebrity.
This class aims to investigate his impact on revolutionizing the sound of hip-hop, disrupting the fashion world, and influencing societal culture through the lenses of his seven solo albums. Through PowerPoint lectures, class discussions and debates, games & activities, and lyrical / artistic analysis of multi-media such as music videos, interviews, and short films, we hope to provide an engaging environment to learn about Kanye’s importance while having fun and making new friends.
Each week we will discuss the key pivot points in the development of his music with the context of the corresponding major events in his personal life and in the timeline of the American rap music industry to determine some of the causes and influences behind Kanye's work.
***Across all 4 sections in Fall 2017, our students have rated our class at an average of 4.7 / 5.0 stars!***
Grading will be on a 2-unit P/NP system based on course attendance, an in-class song presentation, short weekly assignments (with written and creative options), and a final portfolio project.
Applications are NOW AVAILABLE and due on Friday, January 26 at 11:59PM!
|Section 1||Rodolfo Higa, Paul Radu||__||124 Wheeler||[Tu] 5:00PM-7:00PM||TBD||Full||--||--|
|Section 2||Charles Yang, TBD||__||587 Barrows||[Tu] 5:00PM-7:00PM||TBD||Full||--||--|
|Section 3||Natalie Dunn, Alex Lieberman||__||258 Dwinelle||[W] 5:00PM-7:00PM||TBD||Full||--||--|
|Section 4||Marisa Johnson, Vanessa Vasquez||__||24 Wheeler||[W] 6:00PM-8:00PM||TBD||Full||--||--|