College of Arts and Sciences | Music, War, and Peace
C103 | 29213 | McDonald, D.


COLL-C 103 29213 Music, War, and Peace (McDonald, D.: Folklore and
Ethnomusicology) (A & H) (3 cr.)

9:05-9:55AM MW
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Part of Themester 2011:  Making War, Making Peace

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences 2011-2012 Themester,
"Making War, Making Peace," this course is designed to explore the
dynamics of music, social conflict, and conflict resolution.  Over the
course of the semester we investigate the capacities of music to enact
fundamental aspects of identity, self, and other.  From these initial
discussions we consider a variety of case studies wherein music was
employed as a tool for generating and sustaining war, violence, and
other forms of social conflict.  Following this, we survey
cross-cultural moments where music played an essential role in
generating and sustaining peace, conflict resolution, and other
humanitarian movements.  At the heart of these discussions, however,
is an investigation into the role of expressive culture in reflecting,
generating, and sustaining political and other social movements.  Our
meetings take many forms, extending beyond the classroom to include
discussions, film screenings, cultural activities, and performance
demonstrations.