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Autumn Semester 2014
Introduction to rap and hip hop, 3-5 ECTS, MUSI1697
N.B.! The course credits include the Critical Hip Hop Studies Symposium
Time: Period I, Thursday 4.9. 10-12, 25.9. 12–14, 2.10. 12-14, 9.10. 12-14 + symposium Thursday 16.10. 12-18 & Friday 17.10. 10-16
Place: Musicology Hovi lecture room, Sirkkala (+ Symposium at Janus Hall, Sirkkala)
Lecturer: Inka Rantakallio
Course content: The course provides a general overview of the field of hip hop, rap and their research. During the course, the historical development, key issues and particularly current themes in rap music will be discussed and debated while reflecting on rap music’s significance for popular culture. Students will learn to critically examine and analyze rap music and hip hop culture with the help of written and audiovisual examples, provided readings and other lecture material. Students are expected to actively participate during the lectures.
The language of instruction is English.
Participation: Lectures, readings and study diaries/essay.
Critical Hip Hop Studies Symposium, 2 ECTS, MUSI1698
N.B.! Separate credits only for students not taking the course Introduction to rap and hip hop
Time: Period I, Thursday 16.10.2014, 12-18 and Friday 17.10.2014, 10–16
Place: Janus Hall, Sirkkala
Lecturer: Inka Rantakallio (coordinator), guest lecturers
Course content: The multidisciplinary symposium features a variety of topics from hip hop culture and particularly rap music and critical issues and debates in the field.
Speakers include music and hip hop scholars from Finland, Sweden and Norway. Keynotes are Tricia Rose, Thomas Solomon and Justin Williams.
The seminar is organized jointly by the musicology department, the
IIPC and the pop fraction of the Finnish Doctoral Programme for Music
Participation: Study diary based on presentations in the seminar.
Cultural Study of Stage Musicals, 3-5 ECTS, MUSI1699
Time: Period II, Thursdays 12–14 starting 30.10.2014
Place: Musicology, Hovi Lecture Room, Sirkkala
Lecturer: Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
Course content: Stage musicals have been popular since their appearance on theatrical stages nearly a century ago. Sometimes considered an American invention, the influence of stage musicals is strongly felt today in a variety of cultural forms and media contexts, including films, music videos, and television serials. The course offers a cultural approach to the music and images of stage musicals which draws on the approaches from feminism and queer studies, studies of cultural identity (including race, place and nation), and research on intertextuality and the entertainment industry. The student will learn the basics of researching live theatrical performances of musicals in their cultural context.
Participation: Lecture diaries OR reviews of research literature (3 op) + essay (5 op)
Television, Genre and Convergence, 3 ECTS, MUSI1700
Time: Period II, 5 lectures 17.11.–25.11.
17.11. 10-12 Janus Hall
18.11. 10-12 PharmaCity, aud1
21.11. 10-12 PharmaCity, aud1
24.11. 10-12 Janus Hall
25.11. 10-12 PharmaCity, aud1
Place: Janus Hall, Sirkkala and PharmaCity aud1
Lecturer: Robynn Stilwell
Course content: One of the major buzzwords of recent media study has been "convergence" – the merging of function, technology, genre, texts, and creators across multiple platforms like cinema, gaming, computers, and television into one magic box/window. Yet television from its inception has functioned as a window on convergence. The cathode ray tube allowed audiences to "watch" radio, film, theatre, concerts, and even recording studios; each source medium had its own distinct configuration of audiovisual space; these practices of sound and music are imbedded in the genres and aesthetics of television. This course will take five different angles and historical moments to examine the ways other media are translated and transformed by television.
Participation: Lectures, class discussion, one analytical essay