NOTE: Reading assignments are to be completed BY that class. All reading is subject to change. Awareness of any changes is the responsibility of the student. All assigned songs are to be read and/or listened to prior to class.
January 30: Introduction Read syllabus February 1: Law and Justice PART 1: JUSTICE Justice: This section is designed as a beginning foundation for the course. Here, we will discuss the abstract concepts of justice and try to narrow our definitions of what is just. This section is imperative because it will be used as the class progresses to discuss deeper issues within the concept of justice. Justice will be looked at from the perspective of both amnesty and truth. Howard Zinn: 367-402 “We Shall Overcome” – Various Artists This song will serve as an introduction into the concept of connecting music and the law. It will act as the conduit for you to relate the words of the artists to the struggles that they may be addressing. Its use in both the days of slavery of the 19th century as well as the days of the civil rights struggle should help initiate you into the effect that music can have on culture. Once that is established, the legal themes will be introduced. Michael Dorris: 76-81 (to be distributed) “Equal Rights” – Peter Tosh “No Justice” – Jimmy Cliff “More Justice” – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
February 6: Amnesty PART 1A: AMNESTY
Amnesty: This section begins the course. It is here that the author’s will introduce justice, in terms of truth vs. justice, as well as punishment. Truth and reconciliation scholarship will be used because it asks the questions about what makes something right or wrong; just or unjust. The music will then tie in the question of peace vs. justice. Is it better to have peace or justice? Can you have peace without justice? Is the goal of the law to bring peace? Justice? Either or? Fred Feldman: (available online) Eric Blumenson: 801-874 “We Got To Have Peace” – Curtis Mayfield PART 1B: TRUTH Truth: This subsection asks what role truth plays in both the traditional and non-traditional legal systems. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions (TRCs) will be a focal point of this section. Here we are continuing to establish what justice is and what role the legal system purports to strive for. Anne Orford: 851-883 “People’s Court I & II” – Mutabaruka “Here Comes the Judge” – Peter Tosh “Right to Live” – Big Mountain February 8: Truth and The Role of Music Martha Minow: 235-260 Luther A. Richman: 13 Philip V. Bohlman: 411-436 “Freedom is in the Trying” – Wynton Marsalis “Ku Klux Klan” – Steel Pulse “Justice” – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers “Jah Music” – The Meditations