Music, Media, and Society

Schools of Public Engagement: Communication

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Music, Media, Society

Fall 2021

Taught By: Joshua Rabinowitz

Section: A

CRN: 3827

Credits: 3

In his 1977 book, Noise: The Political Economy of Music, Jacques Attali describes music as "a way of perceiving the world" that serves both communicative and organizing functions within societies. In comparison with other forms of discourse, which must often present credible evidence to support their claims, music seems to have a fairly simple appeal. In Bob Marley's words, "When it hits you, you feel okay." We examine the social organizing functions of music through a series of queries: Is music fuel for political action, a distraction, or both? How does it relate to local and national identities? What is a protest song (from Lennon to Public Enemy)? Is popular music organizing us not only socially but economically? Through readings of theorists from Theodor Adorno to Tricia Rose, consideration of artists like Public Enemy and Banda Macho of Mexico, and viewing of films like the cult classic Rockers, students explore questions like these to draw their own conclusions about just how much of our lives is dictated by the beat that goes on.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Communication (NCOM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 6:01pm 6/18/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/17/2021