Popular Music Politics MUSIC5010

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to, and enhance their critical understanding of, the 'politics' of Popular Music.


12 x 3-hour, weekly classes taught using a combination of lecture, seminar and presentation styles per session.

Requirements of Entry

Admission to MLitt in Popular Music Studies.

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level


1 Oral presentation (20%).

1 Essay of up to 5,000 words (80%).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to introduce students, and develop students' critical understanding of, the 'politics' of Popular Music. Within this the course aims in particular to:
Introduce and theorise the notion of politics
Introduce and theorise the relationship between the state and Popular Music
Critically examine the development of Popular Music policies, especially within the UK
Critically examine the interaction between social movements and Popular Music
Critically evaluate the roles which gender and sexuality play in the production and consumption of Popular Music
Examine the limitations to freedom of expression in popular music
Develop students' skills (including verbal and written) in the presentation of ideas relating to the politics of Popular Music

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of, and critically evaluate, the politics of Popular Music in a range of contexts
Critique a number of key academic and other texts relating to the politics of Popular Music
Display a critical understanding of key concepts such as politics, gender, policy and censorship
Engage critically with academic texts which deal with Popular Music
Reflect critically upon their own tastes in Popular Music
Present verbally and in writing the different politics of Popular Music

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of 75% of assignments for summative assessment