Bob Dylan: his life and music ADED11551

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Bob Dylan is a cultural icon, a musical innovator and winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. This course will examine his life and the evolution of his music from the 1960s to the present day. His cultural, political and literary impact will also be considered, as will his influence on a range of other musicians. Using studio and live recordings, film clips, lyrics, prose writings, art work and other aspects of his creative genius, Dylan's significance will be discussed and debated. Students will leave this course with a deeper understanding of this unique artist's incredible output.   


Block 1 and Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Thursdays, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Give students an understanding of the development of Bob Dylan's music and the growth of his cultural influence.

■ Introduce students to a range of Dylan's musical works and their structural and stylistic characteristics.

■ Explore Dylan's life and music within cultural, political and literary contexts and to demonstrate how his life informs his artistic output.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the historical role of Bob Dylan in twentieth and twenty-first century music.

■ Identify key elements of Dylan's style and structure in a range of major works from his recording career.

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the role of Dylan's life in shaping his music.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course