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 WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 2 - Wednesday, 30 March
Students will travel to the W.E.B. Du Bois Center in Accra. The lab will consist of two components: 1) Discuss and learn about Du Bois as an activist in global social movements (i.e. Pan-Africanism, etc); 2) Engage in a discourse with emcees, break dancers, deejays, and scholars in Accra about the use of hip hop as a tool for social change. The debrief will consist of exploring Du Bois’s ideas on the use of art (in this case hip hop) as a useful tool in global social movements.
1. Discern the differences and similarities of hip hop in the U.S. and Ghana.
2. Explore W.E.B. Du Bois’s idea of art as a form of propaganda in social movements.
3. Learn about the various types and genres of hip hop in Ghana.
4. Discover how hip hop has been used in social movements in Ghana.