|Class discussion website||SCAND 490/590: The Singing Revolution|
|Winter Quarter 2010|
Office: Raitt Hall 305 T
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:30-5:00 pm
Phone: (206) 616-5224
Class meeting times: MTWTh 11:30-12:20, Savery Hall 138
explores the history of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian singing
traditions. We aim to reconstruct a historical and cultural context for
the “Singing Revolution,” the nonviolent movement for the independence
of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. We aim to answer the questions: Was
singing necessary in the singing revolution? Why? How?
Grades (see details below)
Class participation: Come to class prepared to discuss songs assigned for that day.
Case studies of songs: Write brief analyses of three Baltic songs (1-2 pages each). Each case study should include the following:
Final Exam will be a take-home critique essay about the film, “Singing Revolution,” as discussed in class.
Research essays, due in four stages:
· Write a case study of the relation between singing and politics. Topics may include:
o Cultural history of singing or songs in a non-Baltic culture;
o Case study of a Baltic example not covered in class assignments
o Overview of the Baltic Singing Revolution, as portrayed in the mass media of a country outside of the Baltic;
o Other topics, as discussed with the instructor.
· Post updates of your research in your personal section of the class discussion website. Only the students in the class may view and post comments.
· Note that each assignment is an expansion of the previous one:
o Due January 15: Preliminary bibliography
o Due January 29: Formulate your research problem, and a working title for your essay. Expand and annotate your bibliography;
o Due February 12: Outline, including working title; research problem; subheadings; and expanded bibliography.
February 26: Draft of final essay.
o Due March 5: Post a critique of a colleague’s essay, as assigned in class;
o Due March 12: Upload final essay to the Collect It website (not the regular class discussion website)
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