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MUS3088 : Folk Music, Gender and Identity

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To explore critically the topic of gender and identity as expressed from British and European folk music practice.
To explore the place of men, women and other gendered actors in the formation of folk music traditions.

Outline Of Syllabus

Through analysis of contemporary and archival recordings, scores and performances, this module will consider how gender relationships have been represented in folk repertoire. We will examine what song characters and plots can reveal about the societal structures and tropes of the times from which they emerged. Gender tropes surrounding instrumental playing will also be explored. A sociohistorical approach is taken, asking how folk music reflected and continues to reflect the attitudes, desires and environments of its performers. We will also consider current discussions surrounding gender and identity in the contemporary UK folk scene.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Present in Person lecture materials with associated tasks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present in Person seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Present in Person presentation and/or workshop
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Online drop-in tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1591:00159:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will introduce key concepts and topics, developing students’ critical thinking and an awareness of critical literature and themes surrounding the topics. Some asynchronous lecture materials provided on Canvas will further enhance PiP lectures. Synchronous seminars and workshops/presentations will provide a forum for students to discuss readings and engage critically with the lecture themes and course materials. Tutorials give the opportunity for 1:1 formative feedback and guidance on assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25A 10 minute presentation (maximum 5 slides) based on a set (multiple choice) brief relating to topics covered in Semester 1.
Essay1A75An essay (2500 words) on a brief chosen by the student relating to one or more lecture themes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A presentation in week 11 will enable students to engage with and explore key critical concepts and issues in this area of study. This will give students the opportunity to further investigate specific aspects of the taught materials, and to articulate and present their ideas in a performative and oral context.

The Essay will assess academic research and writing skills based on module topics.

Students will be offered formative feedback in the form of 1:1 tutorials throughout the semester, and they will also be offered essay tutorials to support devising their own brief for their final essay.

Reading Lists