MUS3088 : Folk Music, Gender and Identity

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
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. A sociohistorical approach is taken, asking how folk music reflected and continues to reflect the attitudes, desires and environments of its performers. In addition to traditional music we will examine gender roles in new compositions that draw inspiration from folk music. We will look at changing interpretations of folk music and consider perspectives on the future role it has to play in society.

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 teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1641:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce key concepts and topics. The lectures are interactive and will afford students time to make contributions. In particular, the lectures will develop students’ critical thinking and an awareness of recent critical literature on the topic. In addition seminars will allow students to discuss readings and engage critically with the course materials.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100An essay (2500 words) to be submitted end Semester 2, along with 1 or 2 smaller assignments (amounting to 1500 words in total).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Portfolio1A2 smaller assessment are 750 words each or equivalent creative project total 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The portfolio and final essay will enable students to explore key critical concepts and issues in these traditions, and to try them out in smaller iterative assignments, leading to the final, assessment essay at the end of the module.

Reading Lists