Our goal in this course is to interrogate some of the most pressing social problems that face urban Americans, paying particular attention to racial minorities who live in the most impoverished sections. We do so by comparing representations of these locales in hip hop music with social scientific research. We will cover four topics: economic inequality; housing and residential segregation; violence, crime, and punishment; and intimate life.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: North America).
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.