Diversity

Psychology of Gender

This course is intended to be an introduction to the theories and current research on the psychological nature of women and the psychology of gender roles.  The male perspective on gender roles will also be included.  The effects of cultural factors that determine both female and male roles in our society will be examined as well as how these roles affect different interpersonal relationships between women and men.  The potential for change at both the societal and individual level will be discussed.

Introduction to Global Studies

Global Studies is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that explores how people interact with one another and with nature across existing boundaries, over long distances, and in ways that affect the entire planet. It provides new and exciting ways of looking at connections and divisions in the world beyond the confines of particular places, nation states, and regions. This course provides an introduction to the field.

Blueswomen: Women And Vocalists In The Jazz And Blues Tradition

This course is concerned with music of, by, and about women from a cross-cultural perspective.  Topics include, but are not limited to, traditional and ritual music, music as empowerment, sexual aesthetics, women as composers and per formers, and feminist music criticism.

Music in Society

This course will explore critical perspectives on topics such as non-normative music history, queer modes of expression, subcultural music-making, and the implications of mainstream visibility. Along the way, the course will survey some notable lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender/queer composers and musicians in both art music and popular music. Course materials include readings, recordings, and possibly musical events and current media.

Creative Ethnomusicology

This course introduces a diverse students from the University of Pittsburgh and SCI Fayette to music genres from the world. Drawing on examples from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, this course provides students with the analytical tools with which to better comprehend the intertextual nature of sound. Post/colonial studies, race, and gender studies offer a theoretical lens for analyzing the musical traditions in context. Lectures frame the genres within broader theoretical narratives informed by cultural modes of perception and physical reactions to sound.

Global Hip-Hop

This seminar analyzes how diverse groups of musicians and listeners use hip-hop to express local and transnational claims of belonging through the appropriation of musical genres identified with the West and with African Americans in particular.  A closer reading of global hip-hop practices offers insights into the genre's artistic goals and its social profile in a variety of contexts.

Cultural Politics of Soul

This is an introductory level course which examines soul music as a lived cultural practice, an artistic genre, a transnational phenomenon, and an important historical site for the articulation of gender, race and class in both American popular culture and the African diaspora. Special attention is placed on the transitions and parallels of "soul" as a musical genre, with "soul" as a marker of cultural politics and identity. As a musical genre, "soul" was first recognized as the secular reinvention of the Southern, gospel tradition, acting as a soundtrack to the Civil Rights Movement.

Introduction to World Music

This introductory course deals with a great variety of traditional musical genres from selected cultures around the world.  It aims to familiarize students with music sound and music structure of different people, to help them appreciate music in its cultural context, and to give them a broad worldview of music both as a human activity with social functions and as an artistic expression. Generous use will be made of audio-visual aids and live performances in the presentation of materials.

Afro-American History 1

This course surveys the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to their emancipation during the Civil War.

Combined Section: HIST 0670