What is Socially Engaged Song?

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

What is Socially Engaged Song?

Spring 2022

Taught By: Stew Stewart

Section: AX

CRN: 3918

Credits: 4

What makes a song “political,” how do songwriters engage with social issues, and how can the words and message of a song influence people’s everyday lives? This course explores history, politics, religion, economics, and other relevant forces at play in socially engaged songs. Topics include understanding the differences between topical and political or “propaganda” songs, the limits of critiquing capitalism within the capitalist structure of the music business, and what pop love songs may be able to communicate politically that “political” songs cannot (and vice versa). Students will analyze the effectiveness of various genres and styles of songs to identify tactics to achieve maximum social/personal impact on the listener.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:46am 1/24/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 500

Date Range: 1/28/2022 - 5/13/2022