Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS3088 : Folk Music, Gender and Identity

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Emily Portman
  • Lecturer: Mrs Sandra Kerr, Ms Imogen Gunner, Dr Matthew Ord, Dr Ian Biddle, Ms Catriona Macdonald, Dr Kirsten Gibson
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module, students will:
•       Be able to think critically about gender dynamics in these folk traditions.
•       Be able to analyse and critique gender political processes in both historical and contemporary folk music traditions.
•       Engage in gender-sensitive analysis of folk music performances

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will be able to
•       Contextualise and examine gender-related concerns and topics in folk music practices (and these skills will be transferable to other cultural situations and locations)
•       To think critically about gender designations and the consequent ideological and political processes that sustain and/or undermine those designations in British and European folk musics

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials142:0028:00Online lecture materials with associated tasks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Synchronous and online seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Synchronous and online workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Online drop-in tutorial surgeries
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1521:00152:00N/A
Total200:00
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. Synchronous seminars and workshops 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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A25An essay (1500 words) with a set (multiple choice) brief relating to topics covered in Semester 1.
Essay2A75An essay (2500 words) on a brief chosen by the student relating to one or more lecture themes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assignment 1 and 2 will enable students to engage with and explore key critical concepts and issues in this area of study. The feedback provided for Assignment 1 will help students in their preparation for devising their own brief for Assignment 2.

Students will be offered formative feedback in the form of 1:1 tutorials in Semester 1 & 2.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.