Exploring Social Justice Through Music

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Denise Levy Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dept. of Social Work (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: The concept of social justice is taught in many college courses across numerous disciplines, including social work, political philosophy, education, and psychology. According to Rawls (1999), social justice is “the basic structure of society, or more exactly, the way in which the major social institutions distribute fundamental rights and duties and determine the division of advantages from social cooperation” (p. 6). Finding ways of exploring social justice that are meaningful and engaging to students can present significant challenges for any instructor. While classroom activities often include readings, group discussions, videos, and a variety of evaluations, songs are often overlooked. Although the most useful instructional approach is one which always incorporates diverse teaching methods, this article focuses on the use of music.

Additional Information

Byrd, D. & Levy, D. (2013). Exploring Social Justice Through Music. Association for Psychological Science: Observer, April 2013. NC Docks permission granted by author(s). Publisher version of record available at: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/exploring-social-justice-through-music
Language: English
Date: 2013
education, music, teaching, teaching tips, social influences, social justice

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