"Song is our Weapon!" Histories of the Cold War's Protest Cultures - Course is closed

Department: History 

Instructor: Kimiko LeNeave 
Instructor's Email: kleneave@ucsd.edu 
Prerequisites: None

Course Description

Not your traditional history class, “Song as Weapon!” will guide students through events of the Cold War in the Western Hemisphere from an excitingly fresh perspective. The topic of the course will be an international historical survey of the Cold War period in Latin America and the United States. Yet, with an innovative perspective that will keep students engaged in these past events and drawing connections to how change over time impacts the present.

The Cold War transformed into a revolutionary period across the globe; music and art became foundational to revolutionary activities throughout the twentieth century, enhancing ways insurgents, governments, or protesters corresponded, collaborated, and promoted their beliefs. From New York’s Woodstock to Chile’s Nueva Canción (“New Song”), Peru’s political punk scene to Mexico’s revolutionary rock-and-roll, Cuba’s Nueva Trova to Central America’s revived folk movements, the America’s became vibrant with new musical forms that not only historicized Cold War politics, but also influenced and shaped the trajectory of history.

This course is designed to be a window into the Americas past, examining the 1950s- 1990s (the time period commonly known as the Cold War), as musicians and artists often sought to change politics, fight for sovereignty, and resist imperial advancement by utilizing the transformation and preservation of culture. Students will also have the opportunity to let their creative side shine, through hands on art projects, song writing, and poetry lessons that will let them gaze into this Cold War cultural experience.

Learning Outcomes 

“Song is our Weapon!” will equip students for their upcoming undergraduate college experience, providing them with:

  • new academic skill sets that will be useful across disciplines, future college majors, and later careers
  • a hands-on approach to learning, designed to get students thinking about the history of the Cold War through social and cultural phenomenon
  • Critical thinking and close reading-analysis skills
  • refined writing techniques 
  • public speaking skills

These tools will be focused on the methods of History as an academic discipline. Students will also have the opportunity to let their creative side shine, through hands on art projects, song writing, and poetry lessons that will let them gaze into this Cold War cultural experience

Course Outline

  • The Cold War in Latin America and the United Sates 
  • The transformative effect of art and music in the Cold War
  • The change of politics and culture 

 

*Courses vary by experience and exposure to content. Instructors have the ability to change content and pace to serve the needs of students.

 

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