Greensboro,NorthCarolina(RushPRnews)11/20/08– Jay-Z Hip Hop icon Jay-Z is the focus of a new undergraduate course offering at North Carolina A&T State University this fall.Psychological Perspectives in Hip Hop examines how principles and perspectives in psychology manifest themselves in Hip Hop culture. Developed and taught by Dr. Brian Carey Sims, the primary focus of the course is to examine different psychological concepts and identify the psychological underpinnings of Hip Hop from 1979 until the present.
This week on the course syllabus is dedicated entirely to legendary Hip Hop artist and mogul Jay-Z. According to Dr. Sims the course is groundbreaking in that “it actually attempts to view the study of mental processes and behavior thorough a Hip Hop lens.” Students explore such topics as racial identity, social justice, psychoactive drug use, sexism, and politics.
“Mr. Carter provides an interesting frame of reference to discuss several psychological concepts, and as a fan I’m looking really looking forward to this week’s class,” said Sims.
The North Carolina A&T Psychology Dept. is the #1 producer of African-American undergraduate degrees in psychology. A&T is one of only 3 HBCU’s designated as a Research Intensive Institution by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Source: Yo! Raps magazine