Beyond Entertainment: The Influential Power of Music in Society


INSTRUCTOR: Ernesto Fernandez



Course Description

Music plays an important role in our daily lives and in shaping society. It accompanies us in our daily activities and as an outlet for our feelings. This omnipresence of music raises several questions: how does music affect our lives? What is the relation between the society we live in and the role, function, and position of music within that society? How is music influenced by and does music influence social, political, economic, technological, and multiple other developments? This seminar explores the various ways in which music and society are interconnected, aiming at increasing your insights on where, how and why we listen to music, how our music choices shape our identity, how music forms, expresses, and subverts political ideas, and how music affects our norms and values.