anth_210_syllabus_Fall_05 - Comparative Cultures/Anth 210...

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Comparative Cultures/Anth 210 (Fall, 2005) Professor:  Jordan Hofer Teaching Assistants:  one in each class; Office:  Waldo Hall 218 contact them during class time Office hours:  By appointment in Kidder 202 Best to contact me via email: Required Texts Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley , by Timothy White Rebel for the Hell of It: the Life of Tupac Shakur , by Armond White (class manual)  Musics of Resistance and Cultures of Oppression , by David McMurray Course Overview This course compares the ways music operates politically in several cultures around the world. This quarter  we will concentrate on the musical cultures of Brazilians, Jamaicans, North African immigrants in France,  Cambodians, and Hawaiians. A writing assignment focusing on the life and music of Tupac Shakur is also included. By the end of the term you will understand the two political functions of music: 1. How music functions as social commentary, as a vehicle of protest and struggle, and 2. How music  affirms our individual and collective humanity and thus acts as a foundation of our identity. We will compare the  ways these two political functions of music operate within different societies. By the end of the term you will have  learned to appreciate the ways others have used music to establish community based on a shared sense of how they  interpret their collective heritage, and then how they transform that heritage into a powerful force for change. Course Requirements There will be three multiple choice/ matching exams. The test times and places are listed in the tentative  course schedule outlined later in the syllabus. Each exam will cover the lectures, overheads, readings, films, etc., up  to that time. The final exam is not comprehensive. You must bring a #2 pencil to the exams. THERE WILL BE NO 
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2010 for the course ANTH 210 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '10 term at Oregon State.

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