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This assignment allows students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding surrounding issues of social identities through a creative lens: that of music. Students choose topics related to the course and then create an annotated playlist, which is essentially a musical version of an annotated bibliography. Specifically, students are encouraged to choose an overall theme (e.g., race, gender, class, sexual identities), and then find songs (of your choice) that fit that reflect themes related to the identity or identities that they chose.

The playlist students produce must include the following: song, artist, genre, year. Below this information students then must produce an annotation that details why they chose the specific song, how they see it relating to sociological concepts of identity, and provide evidence (music lyrics, melodies, music video scenes, etc) to support their reasoning.

Learning Goals and Assessment:

Goal 1. Demonstrate understanding of sociological theories and concepts related to social identity (including, but not limited to race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.).

Assessment 1.This goal will be assessed via the terms and concepts noted in the annotation. Beyond naming the concepts, students should be able to define the concepts clearly. 

Goal 2. Have students engage in “application” of concepts to their lives and social contexts. 

Assessment 2. This goal will be assessed via students’ abilities to connect the term/concept chosen to cultural meanings apparent in song lyrics.

1. All content in the annotated playlist must focus on issues related to an identity or identities. All course concepts should come from the lectures in Module 6 (Self & society ppt) and 7 (place and identity ppt) or connections to the linked readings. 

2. The paper must include 5 songs, and annotations for each. Each song annotation must be accompanied with the following information: 

a. Artist(s)

b. Genre

c. Year the song was released

3. While I encourage a creative approach to this assignment, each playlist must include the following: 

a. Original thought/writing: your own thoughts expressed critically and clearly 

b. Quotes—from course readings and lectures 

c. Lyrics/melodic expression/music video scenes explanations—evidence derived from the song itself.

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