TOPIC STUDY 1B - 2020/1
Module code: MUS1034
The purpose of this module is to acquire knowledge of approaches to research, discussion, and writing about popular music at FHEQ level 4. This is pursued through the study of a single album or group of tracks and its/their various contexts. The module provides a foundation for the study of popular music at FHEQ 5 and 6. An indicative case-study is Adele’s 25, studied from a range of perspectives including musical analysis, video analysis, the canon, gender and sexuality, and fandom and celebrity.
Music and Media
WILEY Christopher (Music & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: W300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Non for Music and Tonmeister students.
Indicative content includes:
- Ways in which understanding popular music might be different from understanding music from the Western Classical tradition.
- The relationship between lyrics and music in popular genres.
- Selection of appropriate approaches for the study of popular music tracks.
- Examination of a selected album using a variety of approaches.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK: ESSAY (3000 WORDS)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding academic study of music through engagement with selected work(s) and their contexts.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- A coursework essay with a maximum length of 3000 words (100%), to be submitted by the Monday of week 12. (Addresses learning outcomes 1–6.)
An essay plan and bibliography, to be submitted by the Monday of week 7.
Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of both the submission of the formative and summative assessment.
Verbal feedback will be given to contributions during class discussions as well as individual tutorials on coursework essay plans.
- Acquire knowledge of approaches to the cultural and technical understanding of popular music.
- Acquire skills and confidence in discussing popular music in oral and written form to a level suitable for further study at FHEQ level 4.
|1||Discuss the main cultural and technical issues identified regarding the album of tracks examined in the module.||KCT|
|2||Undertake the research required to complete the coursework essay.||CT|
|3||Construct a cogent argument in written form.||KCT|
|4||Demonstrate the ability to access physical and online research resources in the library and through the library webpage.||PT|
|5||Cite and reference the work of others correctly.||PT|
|6||Compile a bibliography following departmental guidelines.||PT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop awareness of some of the intellectual means by which understanding of popular music is sought and achieved, and to develop the ability to employ some of these means to inform discussion of the selected track(s). This will involve directed reading and listening, class discussion, and the formation of critical responses to secondary literature in the coursework essay. The strategy will also reinforce techniques and styles of academic writing and analysis introduced in the Semester 1 modules Encountering Music History and Music Project 1A that are critical to student success in FHEQ levels 5 and 6.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Lectures, incorporating class discussions as appropriate (2 hours per week x 11 weeks)
- Guided reading and listening
- Use of SurreyLearn
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for TOPIC STUDY 1B : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/mus1034
Programmes this module appears in
|Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Music BMus (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BMus (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.