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USSC1604: Sex, Race and Rock: US Culture

This unit explores the cultural history of and intersections between sexuality, race and rock music in the United States from Elvis to Beyonce. Influenced by black and working-class cultures, and with sexuality embedded in its form and practice, rock music challenged and transformed existing norms of family, sex and gender. Through subjects including Black women, glam rock, and disco, we will learn that rock music, far from frivolous, provided a realm for rebellion, freedom, community and profit.

Code USSC1604
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand sexuality, gender and race in the cultural history of American rock and rock's impact on social norms
  • LO2. critically analyse popular cultural forms in scholarly ways
  • LO3. express conceptually difficult ideas and independent critical thinking in oral and written forms
  • LO4. pose research questions and access and synthesise diverse sources to build and defend a reasoned position in response to those questions.

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