Every day, diverse groups of people attempt to challenge political and social injustice through musical expression. This course explores the efforts to effect social change from global musical communities in the 20th century and beyond. We will utilize an interdisciplinary framework to study musical examples and their accompanying sounds and silences from persons who have sought to address different kinds of social injustice (racial, ethnic, economic, and more). After examining theoretical writings on the efficacy of music as an agent of social change and its role in community development, we will explore cases where music was a prominent voice in social protest movements. We will also address how music has expressed the tensions between different racial and ethnic groups, social classes, and people with differing political ideologies.

There are no prerequisites for this course, but 3rd and 4th year students will have priority.


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