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USSC2604: 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 women of colour, glam rock, disco and hip hop, students will learn that rock music provided a realm for rebellion, freedom, community and profit and has transformed the United States.

Code USSC2604
Academic unit United States Studies Centre
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of 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 synthesise diverse sources to build and defend a reasoned position in response to those questions

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