Global Opportunities

MUS3009 : Case Studies in 21st-Century Music

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
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 in the twenty-first century
• To introduce students to a range of themes and topics that characterise global music cultures of the historical period under study via a series of contemporary case studies
• 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 contemporary global music cultures
• To improve student communication and critical thinking skills

Outline Of Syllabus

The module typically covers a range of topics related to the dissemination and reception of contemporary global musics, which typically includes:

• The importance of musical media (and especially digital media) and related technologies to the global networks of contmporary music
• Discourses of the new, the retro and the present as encountered in twenty-first century musics and critical reponses to them
• Music, place and mobility
• Concepts of journeying in and via sound
• 21st century reappraisals of 'world music' and 'global pop'
• The challenges of curating global pop musics in a fast-moving, hyper-networked world
• Cosmopolitans and cosmopolitanisms
• Features and repertoirese associated with global music genres such (e.g. global rock, hip-hop and DJ cultures

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Synchronous, present-in-person lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Synchronous and present-in-person
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion101:0010:00Non-synchronous materials and tasks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Synchronous, present-in-person or online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study771:0077:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures materials present and discuss key critical concepts, musical examples and set texts and explore materials and methods of investigation. Seminars enrich and deepen student comprehension of key concepts and issues in contemporary music and significantly enhance teamwork, communication and critical skills through small group discussions with staff and other students. Tasks set for small group teaching sessions 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 contemporary musical 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
Poster1M20Case study presented as research poster. 500-750 words of text plus illustrations.
Case study1A70Choice of essay or creative project - 3000 word essay or non essay assessment to be agreed with module leader
Prof skill assessmnt1A10Series of short Canvas-based tasks to be completed during module and submitted at the end of the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Poster assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in lecture materials
•       research skills developed during PSA tasks and seminar preparation
•       reflective and critical skills
•       creative skills (presenting case study in concise visual format)

Written essay (Case study option 1) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in lecture materials
•       research skills developed during PSA tasks and seminar preparation
•       reflective and critical skills
•       ability to apply theories and concepts to a case study

Creative project (Case study option 2) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in lecture materials
•       research skills developed during PSA tasks and seminar preparation
•       reflective and creative skills
•       ability to creatively respond to a case study

Professional skills assessment assesses:
•       comprehension of topics presented in lecture materials and independent study
•       reflective and summative skills
•       tasks associated with small group sessions
•       continued engagement with module

Reading Lists

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