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Popular Music in American Society Fall Semester 2013 Eric B. Graham, Instructor Email: mailto:email@example.com Class Description Popular Music in American Society is a one-semester course that provides an overview of popular music since 1950. The course explores popular music as a cultural phenomenon and investigates important artists and various stylistic developments. This course fulfills Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goals 6 & 7. Required Materials Text: Rockin' Out, fourth edition by Reebee Garofalo NOTE: Be sure you have the 4th edition of the text, for each chapter has questions and assignments that are based on this specific edition. Course Requirements For the semester there are 12 assignments; each assignment has 2 parts: a chapter quiz (10 true/false questions) and a discussion about about each chapter. Each quiz is worth 10 points and the discussion is worth 10 points; thus, each assignment is worth a total of 20 points. The chapter questions are based on objective facts; the discussion is more subjective (personal reflections and opinions welcomed) but with some factual research questions as well. NOTE: The discussion questions do not always directly pertain to the chapter reading, but the discussion is relevant to music, American culture, or the course mission. A student can check his or her grades in the "Grades" menu: grades for chapter quizzes are labeled 'Q' and grades for discussion assignments are labeled 'D'. Once a quiz has been completed by the student, the assignment will automatically load the grade in the grading area - THE STUDENT NEEDS TO DO NOTHING. Students are also required to participate weekly in an ongoing discussion board. The responses must be posted on the designated topic board. The instructor will also use this board to direct students to additional internet research and readings. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the discussion by posting their own experiences, reactions, opinions, and questions on the topics presented. Students are also encouraged to post any other relevant web materials or websites they encounter during the course. WARNING: The course is called Popular Music in American Society. In effect we look at music as a sociological phenomena; or, in other words, we explore how popular music reflects and shapes our culture. As such, certain topics which might seem both offensive and irrelevant to the course, such as pornography and gayness, which appear again and again in the history of popular music, will thus, be a topic of discussion in the class. I don't wish to offend anyone with these issues (which frankly, I find more boring than offensive), but, they're an inseparable part of the discipline. Given all this, discussion posts have been generally very civil and thoughtful. Please try to keep it that way. Let's respect the collective viewpoint of everyone. IF YOU DON'T WISH TO TAKE A COURSE WHEREIN THESE KINDS OF ISSUES ARE DISCUSSED, DROP THE COURSE NOW! NOTE: BULK TARDY ASSIGNMENTS AND DISCUSSION RESPONSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. This is to encourage timely submission of assignments and discussion participation. Communication The instructor will use the course homepage, the discussion board, and email to communicate with students. Students are encouraged to regularly check their college webmail. Students with questions or comments may contact the instructor by email. Written assignments will be graded and returned to students each week with comments. The instructor will regularly monitor the discussion board to help guide topics, address questions, and stimulate further discussion. Grading Policy Chapter True/False Questions - 50% Discussions – 50% Class Schedule (Subject to modification) Assignment One: Due by September 10 Read: Chapter 1 (Mass Technology and Popular Taste) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 1 Discussion: Ethel Merman Assignment Two: Due by September 17 Read: Chapter 2 (Blues and Country Music) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 2 Discussion: Robert Johnson Assignment Three: Due by September 24 Read: Chapter 3 (Good Rockin' Tonight) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 3 Discussion: Hank Williams Assignment Four: Due by October 1 Read: Chapter 4 (Crossing Cultures) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 4 Discussion: Little Richard Assignment Five: Due by October 15 Read: Chapter 5 (The Empire Strikes Back) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 5 Discussion: Phonies Assignment Six: Due by October 22 Read: Chapter 6 (Popular Music and Political Culture) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 6 Discussion: Drugs Assignment Seven: Due by October 29 Read: Chapter 7 (Music Versus Markets) Quiz: Questions for Chapter Discussion: The Aftermath of Woodstock Assignment Eight: Due by November 5 Read: Chapter 8 (Punk and Disco) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 8 Discussion: Get Your Groove On Assignment Nine: Due by November 19 Read: Chapter 9 (Music Videos, Superstars, and Mega-Events) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 9 Discussion: Madonna Assignment Ten: Due by November 26 Read: Chapter 10 (Rap and Metal) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 10 Discussion: Phony Rappers Assignment Eleven: Due by December 3 Read: Chapter 11 (Mainstreaming Alternatives) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 11 Discussion: Pornographic Lyrics Assignment Twelve: Due by December 10 Read: Chapter 13 (Music in the New Millennium) Quiz: Questions for Chapter 13 Discussion: Stealing Music All Assignments and Discussion Postings are due on time. Late work will not be accepted.
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