Exploring Social Inequality through Music & Film
Academic Credit

During the election campaign for President Barack Obama, our forty fourth President and our first African American President, one of candidate Obama's famous campaign mantras were the words "Yes We Can!" Soon the catch-phrase, reminiscent of other calls to action such as "we shall overcome" and "si se puede" for underserved populations and populations of color in U.S. history facing issues of social inequality, became a popular music video released by hip-hop musician and rapper Will.i.am. This wedding of issues of social inequality in U.S. politics and society with popular culture media such as music and film is the central focus of this course. Fundamentally, this course is a historical, theoretical, and ultimately, sociological exploration of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as axes of inequality in the United States, through the lens of music and film media. Materials examine the interaction between personal experiences and social structures as students explore how individuals carry varying degrees of penalty and privilege depending on their position within a complex matrix along axes of race, ethnicity, class, and gender that affects everyone in society. Students will be invited to explore the ways that people experience and respond to the matrix, that is, structures of racial/ethnic, class, and gender inequality, and the ways that people help to reinforce and reshape those structures. DV, BF

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Class Sections For Exploring Social Inequality through Music & Film (SOC 3381)

Summer 2024 Section 5

Credit Hours: 3
MTWThF 05/06/24 - 05/10/24
8:00 am-5:00 pm


Price: Tuition


Note: This class meets the week prior to the Summer semester, Monday-Friday, May 6th - 10th. Class meets IN PERSON each day from 8am-5pm with a lunch break daily. Students are required to attend each session IN PERSON. In addition to time spent in the classroom, students will also be required to complete additional online lectures, assignments, and exams. Readings and/or assignments may be due prior to the first day of class. Please check with instructor or refer to the class syllabus or Canvas. Please call 801-585-9963 with questions.

Questions? Call Academic Programs at 801-585-9963 or use our online form.