This LIVE! online, 3-credit course for undergraduate and graduate students examines the intersections between popular music and popular politics in the U.S. and beyond, and the ways in which music produces, responds to, and shapes social change efforts, and vice versa. Central to the course's aim is both a sociological examination of music, and a musicological examination of society.
Using keywords such as movements, changes, and dynamics, the course seeks to explore the theoretical and material common-ground between music and social change. Special attention will be paid to the sounds and silences that inform and construct everyday identities such as race, class, gender, and sexuality; and the ways in which music can both amplify and muffle efforts for racial, economic, gender, and queer justice.