This course explores the intersectionality of politics and hip hop, centering on hip hop as a form of political communication as well as a tool of non-musical political actors. It will analyze hip hop from various political lenses such as protest politics, masculinity, sexuality, and religion. Themes such as institutionalized racism, gang violence, police brutality, social mobility, mental health, and American history will be explored. Through examining specific artists and their backgrounds, we will gain a deeper appreciation for the art of rap music as a tool for political activism.
Our studies take place against the backdrop of a recent wave of mainstream political hip hop in the US, and a growing influence of new artists constantly growing and reshaping the genre of hip hop. By the end of the course, we hope that students will gain not only a newfound appreciation for hip hop from a political lens, but also be able to articulate why the genre matters in political terms.
The class will contain a take a home final essay on a political topic of their choice, and a paper on a theme of their choice. Do not anticipate strenuous, grueling readings, as most of the class will be held in a discussion style akin to a Socratic seminar. That being said, please be prepared to listen to new artists and talk about politically charged issues!
Email Lily Fu at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!
|Section 2||Lilyanna Fu, Heath Rushing||--||187 Dwinelle||[Th] 7:00PM-8:30PM||9/13/2018||