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MUS2013 : Elements of Hip Hop (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William Edmondes
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


-       To explore key concepts in Hip Hop culture from its 1970s inception through to the present day, including parallel developments in settings outside the USA.
-       To relate these concepts to broader critical discourses in contemporary cultures
-       To trace, through selected key works, the evolution of Hip Hop through traditions in Black American Music.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures analyse key concepts in Hip Hop as a cultural movement comprising rap, turntablism, graffiti and break-dancing. The course will trace Hip Hop's evolution out of more established Black American music, particularly Jazz, R&B, Soul and Funk. The module will also try to assess the extent of its influence on wider cultural discourses and contemporary creative practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       The basis of the course is a recognition of Hip Hop as a multi-disciplinary subculture whose narratives and connect with contemporary cultural discourses on numerous levels
•       The lectures will introduce a critical approach to Hip Hop, Funk and Soul as part of a wider cultural discourse
•       The module will suggest new strategies and criteria for analysing contemporary popular music as well as its evolution through the 20th century and beyond

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1003,500 - 4,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1A300-500 words summarising the chosen topic of final essay. Students will be given feedback as guidance to complete final submission
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

-       The essay will provide the opportunity to apply critical and analytical concepts and strategies to a specific area of work to be selected by the student from options provided at the start of the module
-       It will demonstrate a critical engagement with the material based on concepts discussed during the course
-       It will illustrate development in the student's capacity to apply critical thinking to specifically identified source material and examples
-       The formative assessment provides students with the opportunity to consider a topic relating to course materials which they feel they can see through to the final 3,000-4,000 word essay and to be given some guidance as to the viability of the topic, their research sources and materials, along with some suggestions as to how they might complete the main essay.

Reading Lists