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Music: D1: Blues and Related Traditns

MU 010 OL1 (CRN: 60978)

3 Credit Hours

About MU 010 OL1

Traces the development of blues from African origins to modern blues, its rural and urban social contexts, and relation to African-American history and culture.


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Dates: June 20 - July 15, 2016

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Section Description

This course traces the history and development of blues from African origins through rural blues of Mississippi, the East Coast, and Texas, to electric blues of Chicago, the blues revival of the 1960's, and modern blues today. We will look closely at the music itself and the people who make it, as well as the rural and urban social contexts which have supported it. The continuing influence and interconnection of blues and rock-and-roll will also be examined, as well as its relation to African-American history and culture.

Section Expectation

Blues & Related Traditions is an online course that runs for 4 weeks. This means that you’ll cover the same amount of material online as in a full-semester 14-week classroom course in less than 1/3 the time, which implies the following: 1. In a full-semester course the average student spends about 3 hours per week in class and 3-5 hours per week on assignments. For this course you can expect to spend at least twice that amount of time (or more!) online “in class” and on assignments. 2. In a full-semester classroom course you can often segregate one or two days to attend class and work on assignments. In an online course you can’t expect to log in once or twice during the week to do all your work. You’ll need to be able to log in often during the week to follow and keep up with the online discussion, which is an essential requirement of the course. 3. In a full-semester course, if you need to miss a week of class you can usually catch up without a problem. In an online course that lasts only 4 weeks you will have missed a lot of material, and will be asked to withdraw from the course. If you have a vacation planned or an inordinately heavy work schedule during the period that the course runs, you should not register for it. It can be VERY difficult to catch up once you fall behind. 4. In a full-semester classroom course, other than class meeting times and written assignments, there are relatively few deadlines to meet. In a 4-week online course there are multiple deadlines to meet EACH WEEK for postings and assignments. While it is true that in an online course there are no specific times when you must be online, you’ll need to adhere to these deadlines each week.


Your grade will be determined as follows: Discussion + Listening 50% Mid-term Exam 25% Final Exam 25%




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