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Sound, Media, and Everyday Life--Spring 2015

posted Mar 15, 2015, 11:53 AM by Mack Hagood   [ updated Mar 15, 2015, 11:55 AM ]

In this seminar, students will explore the human experience of sound in our mediated age. We take three fundamental premises as our starting point: 1) Sound is an important aspect of our environment; 2) hearing and listening are physiological, but also profoundly influenced by culture; and 3) the use of technology exploits sound (including music and voices) as a material that can be reshaped, preserved, compared, bought, and sold. We hear the combination of these three factors in our everyday lives—our constantly evolving ways of sounding, listening, “musicking,” and interacting with our soundscape.

Learning Outcomes

Use critical approaches in sound studies from media studies; ethnomusicology; acoustic ecology; cultural studies; philosophy; and science, technology, and society (STS).

Identify a meaningful research question, use appropriate methods to generate qualitative data, and use these data to provide preliminary answers to the question.

Analyze sound and media in everyday life through writing and audio production, including documentary and/or sound art.