FA 208 Pop Music: Diversity and Identity, 3 credits

This course is designed to encourage students to think critically about popular music, as well as its social and historical meanings and contexts in relation to issues of identity. While the focus of the class is primarily on American popular music of the last century, European and non-Western forms will also be explored, with particular attention to: the role of pop music as a symbol of identity (i.e., race, class, gender, generational issues, ethnicity); the interaction of Colonial and Postcolonial traditions (European, African, Asian, and Native American traditions); and the influence of multimedia and technology (radio, video, internet).