Hip Hop Studies

Course Code: CULT 3002

Academic Year: 2023-2024

This course introduces students to Hip-Hop Studies, a multidisciplinary approach that examines how Hip-Hop music and culture have transformed how we think of the world. Using an international and interdisciplinary perspective, students learn how Hip-Hop music and culture help us to communicate, empower, and apply intersectional approaches, such as Black queer studies, to our world. Throughout the course, students engage with quantitative and qualitative research, interrogating how Hip-Hop music and culture have transformed attitudes towards mental health, youth empowerment, inter-generational communication, sports, stereotypes, food, and 2SLGBTQ+ identities.Content Warning: some of the material in this course may contain discussions of racism, sexism, transphobia, non-binary and gender diverse discrimination, homophobia, heterosexism, pornography, suicide, and violence. Additionally, some material may contain profanities and racial epithets. While some of this material may be unsettling and/or uncomfortable, it is not the intention of the class to have that kind of impact. The purpose of the materials is to help in achieving the learning outcomes for the course. Nevertheless, while certain material [songs and videos, for example] may contain profanities and racial epithets, the same words will not be repeated in classroom discussions. Potential students who may be offended or disturbed by such materials should take this into consideration before enrolling in this course.