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ETH 124 - Hip Hop in America, Experimental

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Hip Hop, the music and lifestyle, is rooted in African American culture with its origins dating back to the urban life of the 1970’s on the streets and in the playgrounds of New York City. This course will critically explore the evolution of Hip Hop as a socio-cultural political and economic movement. Aspects of identity, aesthetics, race relations, gender politics and struggles for social justice will be examined as it relates to the impact of Hip Hop on American society. Urban  lifestyles and political activism in the Hip Hop generation will be discussed in an effort to identify Hip Hop as a means to redefine social responsibility and an urban political agenda in an effort to empower American youth. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify the origins of Hip Hop Music and Culture in America.
  2. Analyze the cultural, political and artistic value of Hip Hop
  3. Describe various elements that comprise the Hip Industry i.e. entertainment, fashion and music.
  4. Examine how hip-hop exemplifies cross cultural hybridization within the United States as well as internationally.
  5. Define the terminology associated with Hip Hop and its impact on American society.
  6. Use critical thinking and writing skills to communicate about Hip Hop in a scholarly voice.

 Listed Topics

  1. History of Music: Jazz, Doo Wop, BeBop, Funk , Soul, Hip Hop
  2. Pittsburgh’s Hill District and Music
  3. Pittsburgh’s Hip Hop Scene
  4. 1970’s
  5. Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation
  6. Break Dancing and Turntablism
  7. Hip Hop and Geography: East Coast v. West Cost
  8. Gangsta Rap and the War on Drugs
  9. Hip Hop and fashion
  10. Hip Hop and Politics
  11. A Closer Look at Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur
  12. Hip Hop the Business: Contracts, Agreements and Money
  13. Hip Hop, Feminism and Equality
Reference Materials
The Big Payback by Dan Charnus (2010)
Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (2008)

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