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Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Music and Social Action

Learn what this course is about, who's teaching it, and other ways you can explore this topic. Meet and greet your peers as well!

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2 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings
4 readings
Course Overview10m
Meet Your Instructors!10m
Readings and Resources10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

What is Art and How Do We Experience It?

In this module, we will discuss philosophers John Dewey and Maxine Greene, and their respective views on the possibilities contained within aesthetic experiences. How can aesthetic experience meaningfully contribute to public life?

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4 videos (Total 21 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
2.4 - Ways of seeing: how does an artistic outlook change the way we see the world?3m
10 readings
Dewey's Aesthetics10m
The John Dewey Society10m
(Optional) Art as Experience by John Dewey Chapters 1 and 210m
(Optional) Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts, and Social Change by Maxine Greene10m
The Maxine Greene Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination10m
(Optional) The dialectic of freedom by Maxine Greene10m
Flow, the secret to happiness10m
(Optional) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi10m
(Optional) The Aesthetic Dimension by Herbert Marcuse10m
The Barnes Foundation10m
1 practice exercise
What Is Art and How Do We Experience It?6m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Democracy and the Arts, Part 1

How can artistic and aesthetic experiences make a more engaged public? Is there a connection between individual transformative experiences with art and any broader societal impact? What is the role of the artist in a democracy?

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6 videos (Total 53 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
3.4 - Civil Society and Freedom: what do we mean by freedoms in a democracy?8m
3.5 - Regard for Otherness: Maxine Greene and civil society10m
3.6 - Discussion about Dewey, Maxine Greene, conceptions of freedom and the arts17m
6 readings
Dream Songs: The Music of the March on Washington10m
(Optional) Art as Experience by John Dewey (Chapter 14)10m
Imagining Art + Social Change10m
Music & Civil Society: A Symphony in the Making10m
Elements of the Philosophy of Right by G.W. Hegel10m
(Optional) Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions by John Keane10m
1 practice exercise
Democracy and the Arts, Part I6m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Democracy and the Arts, Part II

How have we conceived of the artist's role in American society? What are examples of artists furthering civil society? How do we continually imagine fulfilling the promise of a democracy, embracing Maxine Greene's notion that it is always unfinished?

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5 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
4.4 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream6m
4.5 - Discussion about President Kennedy, Dr. King, social imagination17m
6 readings
(Optional) A people's art history of the United States: 250 years of activist art and artists working in social justice movements10m
The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-193910m
(Optional) “American Resources in the Arts” by Holger Cahill10m
Remarks by John F. Kennedy at Amherst College (audio recording and transcript)10m
(Optional) All of This Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA’s Federal Music Project and American Society by Kenneth Bindas10m
Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream.”10m
1 practice exercise
Democracy and the Arts, Part II6m
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Top reviews from Music and Social Action

By DOMar 15th 2018

This is exactly what I needed. I have upgraded from just having a passion for music to having a passion for what music can do to the society. I am a better leader. Thank you YALE, thank you Coursera!

By GVMay 2nd 2016

I am glad to have this course as it really makes me feel happy and teaches me more things I wanna know.

Instructor

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Sebastian Ruth

Visiting Lecturer in Community Engagement
Yale School of Music

About Yale University

For more than 300 years, Yale University has inspired the minds that inspire the world. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale brings people and ideas together for positive impact around the globe. A research university that focuses on students and encourages learning as an essential way of life, Yale is a place for connection, creativity, and innovation among cultures and across disciplines. ...

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