Collins Living Learning Center | Global Jazz and Cultural Contact
L210 | 29070 | Paul Schauert


This class will explore the cultural processes, concepts and components of globalization (i.e.
modernity, media, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, trans/nationalism, etc.) through the lens of
jazz music. Overall, students will gain an insight into how various musical and extra-musical
(political, social, economic, religious, etc.) aspects of culture have been exchanged through
the language of jazz. This class will also explore how various musicians use jazz to form
identities, which often challenge and reaffirm national and ethnic boundaries. Moreover, since
the exportations of jazz often act as symbols for the United States in general, students will
explore the ways in which the political, social, and economic ideals of “America” have been
both contested and accepted as this music becomes woven into the social fabric of various
communities around the globe. Students will have a chance to express themselves in weekly
journal entries, musical compositions, and/or audio and visual documentary projects.