Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PMA 2261 - Hip Hop, Dance, and Asian America

(also AAS 2261 , AMST 2261 ) (LA-AS)
Spring. 3 credits.

J. Perillo.

This introductory course surveys the particular topic - Hip hop - with special attention to dance practitioners of Asian descent. It introduces critical thinking, critical viewing, and research writing as “ways of knowing” Hip hop dance through written texts, recorded music and dance performances in Asia and the Asian diaspora. Performances serve as principle texts for description, interpretation, and analysis. This course provides students with several theoretical approaches and disciplinary perspectives, acquainting them with approaches to dance with broader applications to the study of arts and culture. The first half of the seminar is organized around significant fields of Hip-hop knowledge: dance, preservation, critical race studies, women of color feminism, queer studies, cinema, studies of space and place, competition. The second half looks at specific communities of Asian and Asian American Hip-hop. Throughout the course students engage in movement workshops, closely read Hip-hop studies texts, and analyze performances. Students will then be challenged to demonstrate their own original interpretations through in-class activities, discussion, and a research paper. (GA)

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