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Summer 2017 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Session: First 4 Weeks

Folk-F360 Indiana Folklore
Instructor: Jon Kay
Daily 10:20am-12:30pm
CASE A&H
Course # 4171

Location: Classroom Office Building 203

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: Robby Dobler
Online Course Only
CASE A&H; GenEd A&H
Course # 8002

Folklore is the communication of aesthetics and cultural values important to our everyday lives: sometimes it’s artistic (pottery, humorous narratives, or dance); sometimes it’s occupational (jargon, work song, or religious oration); sometimes it’s practical (foodways, homesteading, or saying “Gesundheit”). Every group with a sense of its own identity possesses and shares such a body of traditions that may be called folklore. In this class, we will explore the ways in which folklore exists between ritual and entertainment as it guides the choices people make to live their lives appropriately. The course is in part a survey of traditional genres, which could include, folktales, legend, rituals, jokes, riddles, music and musicking, material culture, and games. But we will also examine the ways that folklore and the concept of tradition are the creations of the future out of the past to explain contemporary phenomenon, such as internetlore and cyber-communities, MC battling, and extreme body modification. In addition to the survey, we will discuss the role of folkloristics as a discipline, its historiography, its methods, and folklorists’ approaches to tackling pressing issues about identity politics, race and ethnicity, gender and gendered performances, among others. Assignments will be structured in a manner that students can apply what they have learned from the lectures and literature, and by way of a unique fieldwork collection project that will ultimately teach students how to collect folklore from a particular folk group and analyze their data.

This course is online and does not meet in a classroom on campus. However, students must submit assignments on a schedule, engage in e-forums and e-discussion boards, and view pre-recorded lectures.

Folk-F111 World Music & Culture
Instructor: David McDonald
Online Course Only
CASE A&H, GCC; GenEd A&H, World Cultures
Course # 7984

This course is designed to introduce students to the various ways in which music is performed, consumed, and conceptualized in various cultures around the world. In this fully online class we will study indigenous, popular, and classical art musics from an ethnomusicological perspective, highlighting the relationships between music and other domains of social life such as race, religion/cosmology, language, gender, and politics. Ultimately, the goal of this class is to present a cross section of the world’s music cultures so as to better familiarize students with music and musical performance from a cross-cultural and global perspective.

This course is online and does not meet in a classroom on campus. However, students must submit assignments on a schedule, engage in e-forums and e-discussion boards, and view pre-recorded lectures.

Folk-F131 Folklore in the United States
Instructor: Kelley Totten
Daily 12:45-2:00pm
CASE A&H, DUS; GenEd A&H
Course # 6408

Location: Classroom Office Building 272

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-E295 Survey of Hip Hop
Instructor: Alison Martin
Daily 12:45-2:00pm
CASE A&H, DUS; GenEd A&H
Course # 5750

Location: Classroom Office Building 203

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.

Folk-E388 Motown
Instructor: Charles Sykes
MTWR 11:30am-1:20pm
CASE A&H, DUS
Course # 6183
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.