2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    
    Apr 23, 2021  
2020-21 Pomona College Catalog
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AMST117 PO - American Soundscapes

When Offered: Each semester.
Instructor(s): Staff
Credit: 1

What does America sound like, and who hears it? This course will reside at the intersection of two interdisciplinary academic fields, American Studies and Sound Studies. How does an attention to the sonic clarify our understanding of American nationhood, empire, and identity in the twenty-first century? Does listening to American culture reveal knowledge that would otherwise be rendered invisible or unreachable? Conversely, in what ways does American Studies? persistent return to the personal and communal help situate the theoretical concepts drawn from other disciplines?  We will engage with primary and secondary sources from a wide range of disciplines, including media studies, anthropology, history, musicology, and sound art in order to better understand the role of the sonic in our constantly developing conceptualizations of “America.”
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
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