Postgraduate taught 

Music Industries MLitt

The Contemporary Music Industries MUSIC5019

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the Contemporary Music Industries as a cultural industry and as an area of postgraduate study.

Timetable

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

Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level

Assessment

1 10 minute Oral Presentation during the semester (20%)

1 Essay of up to 6,000 words (80%)

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the Contemporary Music Industries as cultural industries and as an area of postgraduate study. Within this broad remit the course will aim more specifically to:

■ Introduce and theorise the nature of the Contemporary Music Industries and the roles they play in the production, dissemination and consumption of Music and to develop students' critical understanding of these processes

■ Encourage critical reflection on the nature of the Contemporary Music Industries as cultural industries

■ Encourage critical reflection about students' own engagement with the Contemporary Music Industries

■ Encourage critical engagement - at a postgraduate level - with key texts about the Contemporary Music Industries

■ Develop students' skills (including verbal and written) in the presentation of ideas relating to the Contemporary Music Industries

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:

■ Describe and critically evaluate the role of the Music Industries in their historic and contemporary contexts

■ Display the ability to critique and demonstrate understanding of the contested nature of the term 'the Music Industry'

■ Describe and critically evaluate the role which the Contemporary Music Industries play in diverse social contexts

■ Display a critical understanding of key concepts such as cultural industry, copyright and globalisation

■ Engage critically with academic texts which deal with the Music Industries

■ Reflect critically upon their own interaction with the Music Industries

■ Present verbally and in writing key concepts in the study of the Music Industries

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Submission of 75% of assignments for summative assessment