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Schedule & Readings

Unit 1. Thinking Sociologically about Hip Hop

Week 1

1/28: Course Introduction

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1/30: What is Hip Hop?

Week 2

2/4-2/6: Thinking Sociologically

Week 3

2/11-2/13: Researching Hip Hop: Breaking down Billboard

Week 4

2/18-2/20: Hip Hop: The Culture

Week 5

2/25-2/27: Hip Hop: The Organizational Field

Week 6

3/3-3/5: Hip-Hop: The Institution

Unit 2. Capitalizing on Hip-Hop Culture

Week 7

3/10-3/12: Capitalism & Commodification

Week 8

3/17-3/19: Commercialization

Week 9

3/24-3/26: Authenticity & Identity

Unit 3. Power in Representation: Identity, Space, Place

Week 10

3/31-4/2: Spatialization

Week 11-12

SPRING BREAK (4/7-4/16)

Week 13

4/21-4/23: The Politics of Identity

Week 14

11/18-11/20: Gender & Sexuality

Week 15

5/5-5/7: 

Week 16

5/12-5/14: In Class Exam Review

FINAL EXAM (5/19)