HIST239 American Pop Culture: History of Rock
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
Course Number and TitleHIST239 American Pop Culture: History of Rock
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationLecture, music listening, and discussion
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course will focus on American popular culture through the lens of rock-n-roll music, including rock’s roots, influences, and impact on popular culture. Students will experience the subtleties, power, and excitement of the music.
Required Course Content and Direction
Learning Goals:Students will
- recognize the fundamental elements of rock-n-roll music;
- recognize how rock-n-roll relates to both the social and political context of the times; and
- evaluate how rock-n-roll defined culture.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Fundamental Elements of Music – Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Tone Color, and Form as they exists in Rock and Roll
- Pre 1950s – The Roots of Rock - Blues, Swing, Country, and Gospel
- The 1950s – Teen Idols, R&B, Originals and Covers, Stax, Sun Records
- The 1960s – The Vietnam War, Folk, Surf, Haight and Ashbury, Motown, British Invasion, Woodstock and The Isle of Wight
- 1970s – from the Deaths Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to the Rise and Fall of Disco, Philly Soul, The Singer Song Writers
- 1980s – MTV, End of the Cold War, The Death of John Lennon, Live Aid, Mainstream Pop to Alterative Rock
- 1990s to Today – Seattle, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, The DJ as Artist, Rap and Hip Hop
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals (if applicable)
Students will meet course learning goals via class participation and discussion, and by performance on quizzes and tests.
This course is not in the Core.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- Departmentally selected text book
- Online resources
- Listening examples
- Course format
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 5/05; Revision/Approval Date 2/09