Full Title:Communication and Popular Music
Module Code:MUSC U7017
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:Popular music is an important contemporary cultural activity, whose significance can only be fully grasped by considering its production and consumption within historical, social, economic and political contexts.This module aims to allow the student to examine the communicative and creative potential of popular music while investigating its significance in every day life and as an industry.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the communicative powers of popular music and the role it plays within contemporary society.
  2. Evaluate terms important to the study of popular music.
  3. Demonstrate transferable skills in research, critical thinking, and communication (both written and verbal).

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Popular Music and contemporary society
Part 1 1900's - 1950's, Part 2- 1950’s – 1970’s, Part 3- 1970’s – 1990’s, Part 4- Post 2000.
Understanding Youth Culture
Music Audiences, Fandoms and Bandoms
Popular Music and the Media
Music as a form of expression
Gender and popular music
Social and monetary value of Popular Music
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
Reflective Journal Students will be required to complete a weekly web log reflecting on the topics covered in class 1,2,3 40.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Presentation Working in groups of two students will be required to prepare and deliver a presentation on a the social and cultural impact of a particular musical genre 1,3 30.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Group Project Self directed group project. Working in a large group the students will work together to devise and implement a project that communicates the significance of popular music to wider society 1,2,3 30.00 0 0 Week 11 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

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 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
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]
  • Longhurst. Brian 2007, Popular Music and Society, Polity Press [ISBN: 0745631630]
  • Firth, Simon 2001, The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock, Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521556600]
  • 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]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_IMCCM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications in Creative Media 5 Elective
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 3 Mandatory