MUSIC 2290

MUSIC 2290

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What does it mean to have "good taste" in music? Where does the idea come from, and how has it changed historically? Who has the power to decide which music is good and which is terrible? What makes an expert? Does expertise mean anything in assessing the "value" of different musics? And how does aesthetic expertise interact with other systems of power and identity? Why do people love some genres and hate others? Why does a "guilty pleasure" involve guilt at all? How do we explain our most basic aesthetic attachments? We will examine these questions by reading and discussing texts by philosophers, historians, journalists, musicologists, and sociologists on taste and cultural authority.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (LA-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18604MUSIC 2290  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person