HIST239 American Pop Culture: History of Rock

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST239 American Pop Culture: History of Rock
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
Lecture, music listening, and discussion
VI. Catalog Course Description
This 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.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    Students will
    1. recognize the fundamental elements of rock-n-roll music;
    2. recognize how rock-n-roll relates to both the social and political context of the times; and
    3. evaluate how rock-n-roll defined culture.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Fundamental Elements of Music – Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Tone Color, and Form as they exists in Rock and Roll
    2. Pre 1950s – The Roots of Rock - Blues, Swing, Country, and Gospel
    3. The 1950s – Teen Idols, R&B, Originals and Covers, Stax, Sun Records
    4. The 1960s – The Vietnam War, Folk, Surf, Haight and Ashbury, Motown, British Invasion, Woodstock and The Isle of Wight
    5. 1970s – from the Deaths Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to the Rise and Fall of Disco, Philly Soul, The Singer Song Writers
    6. 1980s – MTV, End of the Cold War, The Death of John Lennon, Live Aid, Mainstream Pop to Alterative Rock
    7. 1990s to Today – Seattle, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, The DJ as Artist, Rap and Hip Hop
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. Students will meet course learning goals via class participation and discussion, and by performance on quizzes and tests.

    3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals (if applicable)


    4. This course is not in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. Departmentally selected text book
    2. Presentations
    3. Online resources
    4. Listening examples
    5. Course format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section 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