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Hip-Hop Culture Syllabus - Spring 2012

Hip-Hop Culture Syllabus - Spring 2012

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Course Meeting Time
: T/Th 3:30-4:45pm
Class Location
: Social Science Bldg., Rm.#112
Phone
: (559) 278-8805
Email
: THJohnson@csufresno.edu
 Office Location
: Science Building 1,Rm#168
 Office Hours
: Mon 1:45-2:45pm; T/Th 11-12pm
 
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 The roots of Hip-Hop music can be traced to West African Bantu and Mende cultures prior to theenslavement of African people. However, Hip Hop was formally created by poor African Americans,Puerto Ricans, and West Indians from the Bronx, inNew York’s toughest neighborhoods. Over thedecades, Rap music has blossomed into a corporateowned, media produced, multi-billion dollarenterprise that exploits and normalizes the mostnegative representations of stereotypical“Blackness.” Despite this, underground Hip Hopculture has become an international form of culturalexpression and resistance rooted in a long history of African Diaspora aesthetic production andpolitical struggle. Thus, Hip Hop is both a form of cultural and political resistance and anexploitive capitalistic venture. This course will examine the ways in which Hip-Hop can be both apositive force for change and a negative exploitive force, while paying tribute to the spaces itprovides for the youth to communicate new ideas and new ways of defining reality. We willexplore break dancing, graffiti art, beat boxing, entrepreneurship, lyrical styles, subject matter,production styles, and significant movements within mainstream and underground Hip Hopculture.
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 Julius Bailey,
 Jay-z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King
. Jefferson, NC:McFarland & Company Press (2011). ISBN: 0786463295
 
 Jeff Chang,
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-HopGeneration
. New York: St. Martin’s Press (2005). ISBN: 0312425791
 
Murray Foreman and Mark Anthony Neal,
That's the Joint!: TheHip-Hop Studies Reader 
. New York: Routledge (2011). ISBN:0415873266
 
Online weekly PDF reading assignments posted on
BlackBoard 
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 Achievement of the preceding goals will be demonstrated by satisfactory completion of exams,papers, group work projects, and class attendance outlined below.
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 Attendance (10%)
: Students are expected to attend class and participate regularly.
 
 
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Radio Group Presentation (30%)
: Students will give two presentations, one in class in groupsregarding one facet of Hip-Hop they choose, and the other on air on the campus radio stationcritically analyzing song, using a small portion of their previous presentation. Handouts will begiven later in the semester to this effect. The presentations should discuss the social and politicalsignificance Hip-Hop.

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