Sound in Social Life


Focus on sound in NYC, to consider sonic environments as socially cultivated and listening as a cultural practice, shaped by acoustic space. Includes study of music, recorded soundscapes (films, games, installations), built and ecological environments (parks, subways, streets, institutions, clubs, neighborhoods), the politics of soundmaking, and the history and use of sound technology (sound production, reproduction, reception, acoustic materials). Considers noise ordinances in relation to public life, the representation of public life in sound, the shaping of city living practices by its acoustic architecture, and creative responses in sound as urban activist projects. Offered through the Duke in New York program.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • STS
  • ALP
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ICS 246SA
  • MUSIC 239SA
Typically Offered
Fall Only