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SS-235 Sociology of Music, Sound and Noise

3 Credits

This course examines everyday life through our experiences of music, sound, and noise. Because the field of the sociology of music is as broad as the world of sound, we will focus on the production, meaning, use, and construction of soundscapes and auditory environments. Individual or group soundscape projects will be accompanied by readings that together will provide students with a foundation in active critical listening and the sociological study of music, sound, and noise. The course will require a good deal of listening to perhaps study of unfamiliar music and musical genres, but you do not need to be able to read music or play an instrument for this course.