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                   AFR 202

            Hop-Hop Justice

              OER FOR AFR 202


Welcome to AFR 202: Hip-Hop Justice! This class is a low-cost textbook course, which means that students can acquire the books for under $30. he music and culture of Hip-Hop, as they relate to social issues and social justice, will be explored.  

Through intensive study of the history and elements, we will understand Hip-Hop as a discourse with orienting values and practices, and will examine its position in relation to justice. Throughout the semester we will analyze video, texts, and live performances to assess how meaning is made and experience is interpreted through Hip-Hop culture. Students will grapple with contemporary social issues through a Hip-Hop focused lens through weekly writing exercises, in-class open mics, visiting artists, and a public showcase.

Learning Outcomes:

Students in this course are expected to: 

  1. Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view, understanding how concepts and methods of Africana Studies are used in creative production.

  2. Evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically.

  3. Produce well-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.

  4. Articulate how meaning is created through Hip-Hop as a genre and how experience is interpreted and conveyed through performance.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the skills involved in the creative process of composing and performing Hip-Hop.

  6. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring creative expression, including, but not limited to, arts, communications, creative writing, media arts, music, and theater.