Full Title:Popular Music, Media and Place
Module Code:52968
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 students the space to explore the relationships between the music industries and other media industries and consider how they might be able to take advantage of this for their own creative practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the ways in which music is mediated and the effect such mediation has upon the construction of meaning.
  2. Consider the relationships between the music industries and other media industries
  3. Demonstrate a critical approach to the study of connections between music and place.
  4. Adopt a comparative perspective, enabling them to reflect critically upon their own music-related practices, ideas and values.
  5. Demonstrate transferable skills in critical thought, communication, presentation and writing.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Political economy of the Popular Music Industry
Conglomerates vs 'Indie' . Contemporary significance of the Music Label
What gets to market?
Media's role and influence regarding popular music production and consumption
Music and Mediation
Influence of popular music in contemporary media; Film, Fashion, Advertising, Video games, Reality television.
Music and Place part 1
Role and significance of Music within particular places and in the construction of local images and identities. Case Studies - Merseybeat; Detroit Techno; Baile Funk; Grime.
Music and Place part 2
Music and the diaspora. Emigrant communities and the sounds of home.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Case Study 2,4,5 30.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Essay n/a 1,4,5 30.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Continuous Assessment Self Directed project 3,4,5 40.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Andy Bennett 2000, Popular Music and Youth Culture: Music, Identity and Place, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0333732298]
  • David Hesmondhalgh 2013, Why Music Matters, Wiley-Blackwell [ISBN: 978-1405192415]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Chris Anderton et al 2012, Understanding the Music Industries, Sage [ISBN: 978-1446207956]
  • Trajce Cvetkovski 2007, The Political Economy of the Music Industry: Technological Change, Consumer Disorientation and Market Disorganisation in Popular Music, VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K [ISBN: 978-3836428545]
  • Sheila Whiteley et al 2005, Music, Space and Place: Popular Music and Cultural Identity, Ashgate Publishing Limited [ISBN: 978-0754655749]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Sara Cohen 1995, Sounding out the City: Music and the Sensuous Production of Place, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, New Series, Vol. 20, No. 4 (1995),, pp. 434-446
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_IMCCM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications in Creative Media 7 Elective
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 7 Elective