MUS3004 : The Folk Revival

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module is intended:

• To give the students the possibility to explore the diversity and complexity of folk revival scenes and
practices through case studies from different world countries and cultural areas;
• To consider and examine key works in contemporary folk revival studies;
• To analyse folk revival musical processes, genres, and repertoires.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures in The Folk Revival will consider case studies from Europe (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain) and the USA.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture132:0026:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1168:00168:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The Folk Revival will consider the recent, substantial renewal of folk music revival studies, paying specific attention to the global presence of folk revivals and to the distinctiveness of each folk music revival world.

The Folk Revival has been devised to offer to students a direct access to scenes, works and performers that have been recently considered in the scholarly literature, and at the same time to provide a better understanding of the different approaches in the field of contemporary folk music revival studies.

Lectures will introduce issues, approaches, concepts and audio-visual examples, focusing on the study of music from a selected folk revival scene, as well as the various approaches that musicologists have taken, giving the opportunity to discuss and explore these further. During their private study time students are expected to work on a variety of activities between classes such as reading and listening. Among other things, these form essential preparation for lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004000 words essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay must show:

•       how well students have assimilated aspects of the course material;
•       their ability to formulate a critical position on the material; and
•       their ability to communicate all the above.
•       The purpose of the formative text is to check understanding of folk revival phenomena, to identify personal strengths or weaknesses, and to suggest ways to improve student learning.

Students will be asked to choose at least three of the texts (books, chapters, essays) referenced in semester 1 and review them, focusing on the role of revival in specific folk music scenes.

Reading Lists