Popular Music Theory MUSIC5016
- Academic Session: 2018-19
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to Popular Music Studies as an academic discipline and area of postgraduate study.
12 x 3-hour, weekly classes taught using a combination of lecture, seminar and presentation styles per session, supplemented by extensive reading.
Requirements of Entry
Admission to MLitt in Popular Music Studies programme or
Admission to MLitt in Popular Music Studies (Creative Practice programme or
Admission to MLitt in Popular Music Studies (Music Industries)programme
Standard Entry to Masters at College Level
1 Oral Presentation during the semester (20%)
1 Essay of up to 5,000 words to be handed in at the beginning of semester two (80%)
Main Assessment In: December
The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to Popular Music Studies as an academic discipline and area of postgraduate study. Within this broad remit the course will aim more specifically to:
Introduce and theorise the nature of Popular Music and the role it plays within society and to develop students' critical under standing of this.
Encourage critical reflection on approaches to the study of Popular Music.
Encourage critical reflection on students' own use of Popular Music.
Encourage critical engagement - at a postgraduate level - with key texts in Popular Music studies.
Develop students' skills (including verbal and written) in the presentation of ideas relating to 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, a range of academic approaches to the study of Popular Music;
Show understanding and the ability to critique the contested nature of the term 'Popular Music';
Demonstrate an understanding of, and critically evaluate, the role which popular music plays in diverse social contexts;
Display a critical understanding of key concepts such as authenticity, genre and musicianship;
Engage critically with academic texts which deal with Popular Music;
Reflect critically upon the interaction of Popular Music texts and audiences;
Present verbally and in writing key concepts in Popular Music Studies
Reflect critically upon their own tastes in Popular Music
Present verbally and in writing key concepts in Popular Music Studies.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Submission of 75% of assignments for summative assessment