Social Sciences


Social Sciences

(Requirement: 12 credits)

Students are required to take 12 credits in the area of Social Sciences. HIS100A – 200B fulfills the CJC Social Sciences General Studies requirement and is offered at the CJC. Please note: The Social Sciences General Studies requirement is not transferable from another institution. This requirement must be fulfilled at the CJC.

Jazz History

A four-semester course examining the musical and cultural development of jazz, from its antecedents in the musical cultures of West Africa, Western Europe and the New World, to the music that is performed internationally today. Through extensive listening, reading and discussion, students gain a solid understanding of jazz, a twentieth-century urban dance music that has become globally celebrated as a cultural art form embodying the ideals of freedom and democracy.

Jazz History — The Roots of Jazz and Early Jazz, Pre-1900 – 1919
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
This course examines the influences of West African, Caribbean, South American, Asian and European music and culture on the development of jazz pre-1900, and on the early music of New Orleans that became known to the world as jazz by 1917. The course focuses on the West African conceptual approaches, practices, and cultural conventions that form the foundation of jazz, and its origins in spirituals, blues, ragtime and other African American sacred and secular music. The development of jazz is studied within the historical context of American social forces including post-bellum segregation, the industrial boom and the Great Black Migration, World War I, and the invention of the radio and sound recordings.

Jazz History — Style and Culture in America from 1920 – 1939
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
A survey of early jazz styles, from the Jazz Age of the Prohibition era, through the reign of the swing bands and the jitterbug, to the pre-World War II modern jazz jam sessions in Harlem. The music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and many others is studied within the contexts of the post-World War I economic boom, the Great Depression, ballrooms and big bands, the rise of sound motion pictures, American musical theater and the Great American Songbook, among other socioeconomic and cultural touchstones. Prerequisite: HIS100A

Jazz History — Style and Culture in America from 1940 – 1959
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
This course explores jazz as an art form, with a focus on the musical innovations of modern jazz through the beginnings of free jazz. Styles including bebop, hard bop, funk, Latin jazz, cool jazz, and other styles created by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Max Roach, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Art Blakey’s and Horace Silver’s Jazz Messengers, Ornette Coleman and many of their collaborators are examined, focusing on instrumental grouping, structural, harmonic and rhythmic creativity, and folk influences. Students draw connections between the mid-century impact of World War II, the Atomic Age and the Cold War, the hegemony of television, advertising, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and other historical epochs upon the evolution of jazz. Prerequisite: HIS100B

Jazz History — Style and Culture in America from 1960 – Present
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
This course surveys the range of idioms and subgenres of post-Coltrane jazz, particularly the evolution of free jazz with the AACM, the 1970s New York Loft Scene, jazz in Europe, the music and ideas of Wynton Marsalis juxtaposed with the electronic fusion music of Miles Davis and his collaborators, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Chick Corea and others, and the return of jazz to its dance origins. The steady influx of global influences from traditional and contemporary musicians from Africa, Asia, and the New World continues to infuse a diverse range of compositional styles, forms and instruments into the jazz world. Prerequisite: HIS200A