Summer Courses 2012





World Musics and Cultures

Term: 
Summer 2013
Online: 
Yes
Subject Area: 
MUSIC (MUSC)
Course Number: 
MUSC 050 936
Schedule: 
Monday 5:00pm-7:00pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:00pm-7:00pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

MULLER, CAROL ANN

Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
Online Courses
Course Description: 

This is an ONLINE COURSE. The course syllabus, directions, and materials will be posted to an online course website. Students will be expected to access the documents at this course site and participate regularly in the online forum as well as interactive live discussions at the meeting times listed.  Technology requirements may be found at: //http://online.sas.upenn.edu// This course examines how we as consumers in the "Western" world engage with musical difference largely through the products of the global entertainment industry. We examine music cultures in contact in a variety of ways -- particularly as traditions in transformation. Students gain an understanding of traditional music as live, meaningful person-to-person music making, by examining the music in its original site of production, and then considering its transformation once it is removed, and re-contextualized in a variety of ways. The purpose of the course is to enable students to become informed and critical consumers of "World Music" by telling a series of stories about particular recordings made with, or using the music of, peoples culturally and geographically distant from the US. Students come to understand that not all music downloads containing music from unfamiliar places are the same, and that particular recordings may be embedded in intriguing and controversial narratives of production and consumption. At the very least, students should emerge from the class with a clear understanding that the production, distribution, and consumption of world music is rarely a neutral process.


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