Karl Hagstrom Miller
Professor — Ph.D., 2002, New York University
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- Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30-5:00 or by appointment
AMS 370 • What Happened To The Music Biz
W 300pm-600pm WAG 208
(also listed as
HIS 350R )
This undergraduate seminar is a writing- and reading-intensive course centered around the question “What happened to the music business?” Recent years have seen the veritable crumbling of the music industry model that predominated in the United States for about a century. Filesharing is rampant. Record stores have closed. Musicians are searching for new ways to make ends meet. Students have been sued. At the same time, listeners have more music available to them than ever before. Music remains wildly popular, an essential part of how people feel pleasure, find meaning in their lives, build friendships with others, and express who they are to themselves and to the wider world. Pop music media still matters even as everyone scurries to find out how the business, the technology, and the music itself are changing. How did we get here? What were the major events and decisions that led us to where we are? What exactly is new about the current state of pop music? And what aspects of the current scene display continuity with the past?
We will launch a collaborative research project examining the historical roots of the current pop music conundrum. After some initial shared reading, together we will decide upon the aspects of the current situation we consider to be the most important to understand. We will then divide the class into different Subject Research Groups to investigate each of these issues. Every week, each Subject Research Group, together and in collaboration with the class as a whole, will develop a specific set of research questions that it will strive to answer before the following class session. We will work together to develop the syllabus for each student week by week. Before each class session, you will post your findings to a course blog. Everyone will benefit from your insights into your particular part of the larger puzzle. And you will be able to pull on every other student’s insights to help you in your own research.
At the end of the semester, we will have accomplished two things. Each student will have developed the skills to identify an important question, execute a research plan, and write up the results. We will also have created a blog brimming with information and analysis about the current music industry and its history. Pitchfork hasn’t done that!
Class participation: 25%
Weekly posts to the course blog: 35%
Peer comments on course blog posts: 10%
Research Progress Self-Assessment (3 pages): 10%
Final Essay (8-10 pages): 20%
Steve Knopper, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
Upper-division standing required. Partially fulfills legislative requirement in American History. Students may not enroll in more than two AMS 370 courses in one semester.
Flag(s): Writing, Independent Inquiry
AMS 390 • Designing History's Future
F 200pm-500pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as
HIS 392 )
This is a unique graduate history course. It is not about acquiring and displaying historiographical competence or archival chops. It is about leveraging participants’ collective intelligence and creativity to build a better mousetrap. In this graduate research seminar, students collectively will explore, imagine, and design possible futures of teaching history in United States colleges and universities. From the cognitive science of learning to the use of digital technology in the classroom; from debates over the cost and funding of higher education to debates about student learning and assessment: history and humanities faculty face a number of new challenges and opportunities that encourage us to articulate or re-conceptualize what and how we teach. This seminar is designed as a collaborative research project exploring the potentials of history pedagogy in the 21st century. Students—as individuals and as subject area research groups—will research the state of the field in different areas of history, humanities, and higher education pedagogy literature. They will then design specific syllabi, classroom activities, or assessment tools for the undergraduate classroom. Some of the curriculum designed in the class will be implemented and beta-tested in a US History survey taught the following semester by Dr. Miller in collaboration with its creators. This class will not teach you what established experts already know. It will make you a new kind of expert.
Clayton Christensen, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out
James Gee, Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling
Sam Wineberg, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past
Students will write two book reviews, conducted two collaborative research reports, and design an undergraduate teaching tool.