Popular Music, Culture and Identity
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- 06 Nov 2023
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The subject encourages students to discuss popular music as a medium that, through its aesthetic qualities, becomes bound up with and informs identity, politics, taste and belonging in contemporary society.
At the conclusion of the subject you will have acquired skills that will allow you to:
- Discuss popular music’s dual significance as an industrial product and cultural artefact.
- Explore and analyse modes of mass production, mediatisation and global culture in enabling interactions with popular music.
- Critically apply knowledge of popular music to the evaluation of its socio-cultural meaning as this has evolved since the 1950s.
- What is Popular Music?
- City to City
- This is My Song
- Listening Pleasures
- Who's Got the X-Factor
- The Band is (Not) My Life
- Can you Sign this Please? Music Fandom
- Halls of Fame
- Plugged or Unplugged - but live!
- Remembering the Moment - Music and Memory
- Course Review
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The aim of this subject is to apply critical perspectives to popular music as a key form of cultural production, consumption and leisure in contemporary everyday life. In doing so the unit will apply a range of sociological concepts and theories ranging from Marxism and cultural Marxism through to more recent post-structuralist approaches including postmodernism, reflexive modernity and risk. The unit will also draw on approaches applied to the study of popular music in corresponding disciplines such as cultural studies and media studies.
- Critical Analysis, Reflection (40%)
- Critical Analysis (60%)
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