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

In this course, students will explore how writers of popular songs engage with social issues, and also consider the question, “What makes a song 'political?'” The course compares and contrasts so-called political and propaganda songs, gospel tunes, and popular love songs in an attempt to understand how words and music influence people’s everyday lives. Topics include understanding the differences between “topical” and “political” songs, the limits of critiquing capitalism within the capitalist structure of the music business, and what love songs may be able to communicate politically that “political” songs cannot (and vice versa). Students will need to come ready to immerse themselves in the history of popular song as well as politics, art, religion and activism. Activists, songwriters, and visual artists are welcome.

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: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 6:19pm 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

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