To start the project, you’ll conduct research on a particular song of your choice and explain its relationship to a social movement. Compile a list of ~4 sources, using at least one scholarly source (you may include popular sources, as long as they are informative and rhetorically efficient). Websites like “Genius” or “Wikipedia” can offer good starting points, as they both provide information about the song’s production and brief biographical details.
Next, write a short statement (between a paragraph and a page) discussing what you see the relation between the song and the movement to be. Do not be too concerned about crafting a fully fleshed out or fully crafted argument—this is meant to be an informal piece of writing that will help stimulate and facilitate the rest of the project.
Some questions you might want to consider include (again, you don’t have to answer all of these, they are just meant to provide springboards for thought): Why was the movement drawn to this song (or, vice versa, why was the song written in response to the movement)? What musical or social traditions is the song drawing upon? What impact did the song have on the movement? What role did it play in the movements protest efforts? How do we think about the song today?
Next, you’ll conduct research on the social movement’s historical moment and explore how the movement engages history. Compile a list of ~4 sources, using at least two scholarly sources—one more of these sources should come from a book you have found through the UNC library (this can be an e-book downloaded through the UNC Library website).
Next, write a short, semi-formal essay (~2-3 pages) that synthesizes your research. Take material from feeder 2.1 and explore its relationship to the new information you have found: how does the historical context shed light on the song and the movement? How are music, culture, and politics interacting?
UNIT 2 FINAL:
Record a 8 - 15-minute podcast segment* that discusses your song, its role in a social movement, and the historical context that informs this movement (and, hopefully, its use of this particular song). You may use any recording software of your choice (i.e. the media resource center at the Undergraduate Library, Audacity on your computer, your phone’s “Voice Recorder” etc.).
Your information should be processed in an organized manner and should be accurate, relevant, and informative. In order to produce a podcast that is compelling and clear for a broad, non-specialist public you will have to approach the material differently from a traditional academic writing assignment; pay close attention to the sonic, aural and oral dimensions of this work.
In short, you will have to craft an accessible narrative based on the research you have conducted and convey this information in an engaging manner.
A few guidelines to keep in mind: clearly explain the relationship between the song and the movement, and between the movement and history; be compelling and creative; entertain and inform; try have a clean, crisp and articulate vocal delivery—this is an opportunity to practice your public speaking!