This course will examine the power of language as a voice for communities and a force for change. Through both popular and academic texts we will look at, first, the origins and spread of hip-hop music in the United States, giving voice to an underrepresented community. We will critically examine concepts such as representation, appropriation, genre, and authenticity in order to understand how hip-hop originated as a music form and became a highly developed youth culture both in the United States and across the globe. This course will incorporate concepts from economics, art history, cultural studies, education, and linguistics, as well as a variety of multimedia to explore, challenge, and explain the global spread of hip-hop music.


4 sh

Course Types

Core Interdisciplinary Seminar


This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study.

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