Full Title:Culture, Society and Popular Music
Module Code:MUSC U7038
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to allow the student to explore in depth the influence and impact of popular music production and consumption on contemporary society and culture.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues surrounding popular music’s influence on youth, culture and society at large.
  2. Explain and explore how popular music can be used as a mechanism for expression and identity.
  3. Critically assess the impact of technology on popular music production and consumption.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theoretical Frameworks
Contemporary culture, cultural materialism, modernity, post-modernity, youth and musical culture- subculture, neo-tribes, scene’s.
Popular Music and Counter culture
Drugs, violence, political protest.
Media Relationships with Youth Culture
Moral panics, isolation, identity formation.
Role of popular music in identity formation
Gender, generation, race/ethnicity, sexuality, class.
Taste cultures, Authenticity and selling out
Historical production and reproduction of social identity, high/low hierarchies within popular musical taste formations. Musician vs Manufactured act.
Impact of technology on music making
Transformations in the status of the musical commodity in the digital age.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work70.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Essay n/a 1 40.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Presentation n/a 2,3 30.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 30.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bennett, Andy (Editor), Kahn-Harris, Keith (Editor) 2004, After Subculture: Critical Studies in Contemporary Youth Culture, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 0333977122]
  • Bennett, Andy et al 2006, Popular Music Studies Reader, Routledge [ISBN: 0415307104]
  • Bradby, Barbara 1993, Sampling Sexuality: Gender, Technology and the Body in Dance Music,, Popular Music
  • Hebdige, Dick 1979, Subculture: The meaning of Style, Routledge [ISBN: 0415039495]
  • Mason, Matt 2008, The Pirate's Dilemma: How Hackers, Punk Capitalists, Graffiti Millionaires and Other Youth Movements are Remixing Our Culture and Changing Our World, Penguin [ISBN: 1846141206]
  • Shuker, Roy 2007, Understanding Popular Music Culture, Routledge [ISBN: 978-0-415-41906-2]
  • Thornton, Sarah 1996, Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital, Wesleyan University Press [ISBN: 0745614434]
  • Reynolds, Simon 2005, Rip it up and start again : post-punk 1978-84, London : Faber [ISBN: 0571215696]
  • Reynolds, Simon 2008, Energy flash : a journey through rave music and dance culture, Picador [ISBN: 9780330454209]
  • Whiteley. Shelia 2000, Women and popular music : sexuality, identity, and subjectivity, New York : Routledge [ISBN: 0415211891]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MFILM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Film and Television Production 6 Elective
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 6 Mandatory