Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Winter 2013 – Special Topics

ANT 3085 JAND2 — Ropes, Rhymes and Women in Hip Hop
This is course studies the sociological forces that rope girls and women into certain kinds of performance in hip-hop music and dance culture. It will be a mix of ethnomusicology and the study of the sociological imagination relative to music, gender and socialization. The professor is an expert in the field of double dutch and hip hop music studies. Participants in the course will invent a local and public project to be determined. It will be a remix of double dutch and hip-hop that might include interpretations of Michelle Obama in the ropes or Lauryn Hill on them. But it will include local ethnography of girls and women interacting with or resisting hip hop culture. This is ideal for performers and poets interested in moving outside academic thinking or those with interests in applied sociology/anthropology, women’s studies, and/or popular music studies.

ANT1001 or SOC 1005 is preferred but no prerequisite. Bring your own double dutch ropes and hip-hop rhymes. If you need assistance, please contact the department.

ENG 3950 JAND3 — Stephen Sondheim: Examining His Works
This class will examine Stephen Sondheim’s works, primarily between the years of 1954-1981. Through streaming and several visits to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, students will view six musicals Sondheim collaborated on. They are West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd. Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the lyrics to these shows which are included in the textbook, Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim.

SOC 3085 JAND2 — Ropes, Rhymes and Women in Hip Hop
This is course studies the sociological forces that rope girls and women into certain kinds of performance in hip-hop music and dance culture. It will be a mix of ethnomusicology and the study of the sociological imagination relative to music, gender and socialization. The professor is an expert in the field of double dutch and hip hop music studies. Participants in the course will invent a local and public project to be determined. It will be a remix of double dutch and hip-hop that might include interpretations of Michelle Obama in the ropes or Lauryn Hill on them. But it will include local ethnography of girls and women interacting with or resisting hip hop culture. This is ideal for performers and poets interested in moving outside academic thinking or those with interests in applied sociology/anthropology, women's studies, and/or popular music studies.

ANT 1001 or SOC 1005 is preferred but no prerequisite. Bring your own double dutch ropes and hip-hop rhymes. If you need assistance, please contact the department.



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