Hip-Hop, History, and Global Movements (Section 1)

Discipline: History
Instructor: Alridge
Credits: 3

Field Work: Day 2 - Wednesday, 16 March | South Africa Download Syllabus

This course explores the history of hip-hop as a social movement in the United States and around the globe. More specifically, the course focuses on 1) the intellectual and ideological linkages between hip-hop in the U.S. and social movements in Asia and Africa; 2) hip-hop as a global revolutionary pedagogy; 3) hip-hop as an instrument for raising social consciousness; and 4) hip-hop as a form of global literacy. As much as possible, readings and films will coincide with destinations on the voyage. The course will include lectures, group discussion, poetry readings, emcee and spoken word sessions, critical reviews of hip-hop music, and pre-recorded guest talks by prominent hip-hop historians and scholars.

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 2 - Wednesday, 16 March

Students will have the opportunity to discuss hip hop with emcees, break-dancers, deejays, and scholars in Cape Town. Students will also engage in a cipher with local artists. Part of the lab will include seeing a hip hop show in Cape Town.

Academic Objectives
1. Discern the differences and similarities of hip hop in the U.S. and South Africa
2. Learn about the various types and genres of hip hop in South Africa.
3. Discover how hip hop has been used in social movements in South Africa.