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Summer 2016 Graduate Course Offerings

Session: Second 6 Weeks

Folk-E688 Motown
Instructor: Charles Sykes
MTWR 11:30am-1:20pm
Course # 4820
Location: Theater A201
Fulfills: Area

This course surveys the development of Motown Record Corporation during the period in which company founder Berry Gordy was owner. While placing emphasis on the Detroit years (1959-1972), the course also surveys the post-Detroit period (1972-1988). Through lecture, demonstration, and audio-visual experience, the course seeks to illuminate: 1) the relationship between the music and the context in which it was produced, and 2) the significance of Motown to the history and culture of America. The course explores issues related to the people, musical works, creative processes, business practices, events, communication media, technology, and sociocultural factors that contributed to Motown's identity as a unique artistic, commercial, and cultural phenomenon.