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In this course, students will:
1. Undertake close and sustained study of a number of representative genres in popular music.
2. Examine and gain knowledge of the social significance and contexts of these genres.
3. Develop skills in representing popular music and its theoretical issues through writing and analysis.
4. Become familiar with a number of current approaches to discussing and conceptualizing the structure, history, and cultural significance of popular music.
Week 1 – Popular Music(s), Popular Culture(s): an introduction
Week 2 – Technologies and Transformations
Week 3 – Rock, Roll, and Corporate Control
Week 4 – The Beatles, Pop Culture, and Artistry
Week 5 – Festivals and Countercultures
Week 6 – Motown, Funk, and Soul
Week 7 – The Mask(s) of Performance: Glam and Punk in the 1970s
Week 8 – Video Killed the Radio Star? Music Videos in the 1980s and 2010s
Week 9 – Hip Hop: Roots, Reactions, and Aesthetics
Week 10 – Do It Yourself: Undergrounds and Microscenes
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: Final Essay: 2000 word essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Journal: Weekly Learning Journal (10 entries over 11 weeks)||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Each week, students will prepare a journal entry that responds to a prompt based on the materials in your weekly resource packs. The entry, which will be due on Thursdays (two days following online class discussion of the topic at hand) will be roughly 300 words. You will receive feedback and a grade on these entries within two weeks. The 50% of your mark will consist of an average of all 10 entries. The final portfolio builds upon this work. You will choose two or three of your best entries and expand upon them, submitting a final portfolio of roughly 2500 words. Detailed guidelines for this expansion will be provided at the beginning of the trimester.
|Dr Donal Fullam||Tutor|
|Assoc Professor Jaime Jones||Tutor|