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MUS3009 : Global Pop

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Elliott
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Outline Of Syllabus

The module typically covers a range of topics related to the dissemination and reception of global popular musics, including:

• The importance of sound recording and related technologies to the spread of global pop
• Value judgments associated with of the strange, exotic and weird as applied to global sound recordings
• The migration of people and music
• Concepts of journeying in and via sound
• Historical understandings and reappraisals of 'world music'
• The challenges of curating global pop musics
• Cosmopolitans and cosmopolitanisms

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Synchronous, 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 teaching91:009:00Synchronous 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 study811:0081:00N/A
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 global popular 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 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
Essay2M50Choice of essay or creative project - 2000 word essay or non essay assessment to be agreed with module leader
Prof skill assessmnt2A10Series of short Canvas-based tasks to be completed during Semesters 1 and 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written essay (Sem 1 summative ) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 1 lecture materials
•       research skills
•       reflective and critical skills

Written essay (Sem 2 summative option) assesses:
•       comprehension of issues, theories and concepts introduced in Semester 2 lecture materials
•       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 lecture materials
•       research skills
•       reflective and creative skills
•       ability to creatively respond to a case study

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

Reading Lists