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Course Exam

160062 VO Hip Hop: Aesthetics, Culture, Politics (2018W)




Examination topics

Over the 14 weeks of the course, we expect to cover:
1. Roots,
2. History,
3. The Five Tenets (MCing, DJing, graffiti, b-boying/b-girling, knowing),
4. Remix culture,
5. Identity politics (race, class, gender, sexuality),
6. Hip Hop politics: activism and agendas,
7. Genres (gangsta, message rap, black nationalism),
8. Authenticity,
9. Commodification,
10. Global Hip Hop,
11. Music videos,
12. Film and television,
13. Futures,
14. Exam.

Assessment and permitted materials

One 1.5 hour exam comprising two sections:
40% - Short questions to test students’ basic understanding of the four core areas.
60% - Extended essay on a topic of the student’s choice demonstrating in-depth critical knowledge of one topic.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand the roots, general history, and main genres and artists of Hip Hop,
- Identify and describe the key aesthetic elements of Hip Hop,
- Analyse how meaning is generated in Hip Hop through its various artistic techniques,
- Understand the idea of Hip Hop as a global shared language and culture,
- Appreciate the basic shape of the academic literature on Hip Hop,
Critically debate the potential of Hip Hop to bring about social and political change.

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