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English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Music and Social Action

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 8 min), 4 readings
2 videos
Introduction to the course5m
4 readings
Course Overview10m
Meet Your Instructors!10m
Readings and Resources10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

What is Art and How Do We Experience It?

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
2.2 - Making and perceiving art as a human impulse7m
2.3 - The aesthetic dimension and openings6m
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

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Democracy and the Arts, Part 1

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 53 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
3.2 - What is the role of the arts in a free society?1m
3.3 - Art as a way of understanding the world10m
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

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Democracy and the Arts, Part II

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
4.2 - The New Deal8m
4.3 - John F. Kennedy's ideal8m
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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