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The Contemporary Music Industries MUSIC5071

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the Contemporary Music Industries and the roles they play in the production, dissemination and consumption of Music and develops students' critical understanding of these processes


10 x lectures

10 x seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





10 minute oral presentation, plus questions (20%)

Essay, 3500 words (80%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to the Contemporary Music Industries as cultural industries.

■ Theorise the nature of these industries and the roles they play in the production, dissemination and consumption of Music and to develop students' critical understanding of these processes

■ Critically assess the nature of the music within the contemporary cultural industries

■ Evaluate students' own engagement with these industries

■ Compare and assess key texts germane to the area of study.

■ Develop students' skills (including verbal and written) in the presentation of ideas relating to those industries focused on music.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate the role of the music industries in their historic and contemporary contexts

■ Explain and critique the contested nature of the term 'the Music Industry'

■ Critically evaluate key concepts such as cultural industry, copyright and globalisation

■ Engage critically with academic texts germane to the area of study

■ Reflect critically upon their own interaction with the cultural industries broadly and music in particular

■ Present verbally and in writing key concepts in the study of industries focussed on music

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.