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Summer 2015 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Session: Second 4 Weeks

Folk-F360 Indiana Folklore
Instructor: Jon Kay
Daily 10:20am-12:30pm
Course # 3932

Location: 501 N Park Ave

This course explores the folklore and traditional arts of Indiana. We begin with a survey of the oral traditions of our state. From local legends and ghost stories to jokes and personal experience narratives, we probe how the stories reflect and shape their everyday lives of Hoosiers. Second, we study handmade objects and their makers in Indiana. From gravestones and quilts to buildings and musical instruments, artifacts provide a lens for understanding the identities and creative lives of people and the communities to which they belong. This course is specifically designed to familiarize students with the research methods and skills needed for studying vernacular culture in Indiana and beyond.


Session: First 6 Weeks

Folk-F101 Introduction to Folklore
Instructor: Fernando Orejuela
Online Course Only
Course # 14109

This is a new online-only course. The description will be posted soon!

Folk-F111 World Music & Culture
Instructor: David McDonald
Online Course Only
CASE A&H; GenEd A&H, World Cultures
Course # 14060

This is a new online-only course. The description will be posted soon!

Folk-E295 Survey of Hip Hop
Instructor: TBD
Daily 12:45-2:00pm
Course # 5873

Location: Ballantine Hall 139

This course examines hip hop music and culture as an artistic and social phenomenon with emphasis on historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Discussions will include the co-existence of various hip hop styles, their relationship to the music industry and American popular culture, and controversies resulting from the utilization of hip hop music and culture as a commodity for national and global consumption. Most importantly, it is not meant to be a music appreciation class.


Session: Second 6 Weeks

Folk-F131 Folklore in the United States
Instructor: TBD
Daily 12:45-2:00pm
CASE A&H; GenEd A&H, World Cultures
Course # 6896

Location: Ballantine Hall 237

People from all over the world call the United States of America home. Some arrived centuries ago, others arrived only a few years ago. But what does it mean to be American? Throughout the semester we will examine a broad range of expressive culture, and discuss how these expressions relate to who “we” are, regionally and ethnically. We will work to understand what folklore is, what folklore does, and why folklore is so important for analyzing and thinking about culture and human interaction within the United States.

Folk-E388 Motown
Instructor: Charles Sykes
MTWR 11:30am-1:20pm
Location: Theater A201

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.