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Modules

Modules

MUS3009 : Global Pop

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of the module are:

•       To familiarise students with the scale, history and social significance of the global recording industry
•       To introduce students to the ways in which cultural gatekeepers have responded to musics of other cultures
•       To encourage an understanding of the critical approaches to the study of global popular musics.
•       To extend student knowledge of, and appreciation of, different repertoires and approaches to global popular musics
•       To improve student communication and critical thinking skills

This module traces the growth in awareness of musics from around the world from the early twentieth century onwards, an awareness made possible by developments in sound recording. From the first global recording boom of the 1920s to the contemporary mania for digging into the past (vinyl archaeology), sound recordings have been a primary means for listeners to experience otherness, for the music industry to diversify its market and for ‘experts’ (critics, DJs, collectors, academics) to attempt to master discourses around other cultures.

The module is taught via a combination of theory and practice. Lectures introduce students to concepts connecting developments in recording technology to the growth in global pop, as well as analysing attempts by Anglophone critics and collectors to ‘master’ this previously unfamiliar music. Seminars develop students’ powers of critique through analysis of primary sources and discussion of recent scholarship on world music, globalisation and empire. Practical workshops are introduced later in the module in which students are asked to take on the task of explaining and curating ‘other’ music cultures via writing, blogging, exhibiting, compiling and mixing. Assessment tests written critical skills and practical and creative application of concepts and musical knowledge.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       The Phonographic Event: overview of recording history and Mark Katz’s seven defining traits of recorded music
•       Recording the World: the global ‘boom’ and Michael Denning’s Noise Uprising
•       Phonography, Time and Space
•       Reception of ‘continental records’ 1930s-1950s: early world music criticism via The Gramophone (and intro to archival research)
•       The Gendering of the World: Reading Roshanak Khesti’s Modernity’s Ear
•       From Exotica to Holiday Records: The Sound of Travel, Leisure and Lifestyle
•       Imagined Journeys in Sound
•       The World Music boom of the 1980s and the development of the World Music Network
•       Writing about World Music; Some Experimental Attempts.
•       Emic/Etic: Ethnomusicology and Convergence Culture: Reading/Watching/Hearing Seismographic Sounds
•       Curating World Music: Some Experimental Attempts
•       Crate Digging, Compilations and Outernational Music: Phonographic Archaeology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion321:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:0010 lectures in Semester 1 and 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1001:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:0010 seminars in Semester 1 and 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:003 workshops in Semester 1 and 2
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of key critical concepts, musical sound, set texts and explorations of materials and methods of investigation. Weekly seminars enrich and deepen student comprehension of key concepts and issues in global popular music and significantly enhance their teamwork, communication and critical skills through small group discussions with staff and other students. Workshops focus on practical skills relevant to the analytical and curatorial aspects of the module. Student independent learning for this course involves listening, reading and reflecting on key sources and texts, which helps to develop and enrich knowledge of global popular music repertory and scholarly perspectives on the role of popular music in society.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M402000 word essay
Essay2M60Choice of essay or creative project - 2500 word essay or non essay assessment to be agreed with module leader
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MBlog reflecting on issues introduced in lectures and set reading and listening
Case study2MResearch notes on case study agreed with module leader in preparation for second essay or creative project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written essay (Sem 1 summative ) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 1 lectures and seminars and the set reading
•       research skills
•       reflective and critical skills
Written essay (Sem 2 summative option) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 2 lectures and seminars and the set reading
•       research skills
•       reflective and critical skills
•       ability to apply theories and concepts to a case study
Creative project (Sem 2 summative option) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 2 lectures and seminars and the set reading
•       research skills
•       reflective and creative skills
•       ability to creatively respond to a case study

Blog (Sem 1 formative) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 1 lectures and seminars and the set reading
•       reflective and summative skills
Research notes on case study (Sem 2 formative) assesses:
•       ability to respond to a case study
•       readiness for the final summative assessment

Reading Lists

Timetable