Postgraduate Course: Popular Music Technology and Society (PGSP11261)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Popular music is one of the primary leisure and entertainment resources in late modern society and understanding links between technology, music and everyday life is an attractive way to exercise the sociological imagination. The course offers a representative selection of ways of studying popular music from a broadly cultural sociological perspective that attunes itself to the question of technology. It will be based on a mix of theoretical and empirical approaches to popular music?s socio-technical organisation and its active role in ordering everyday life. The aim is to assess how music is created and consumed in increasingly complex networks of culture, examine the changing sites and locales that situate or circulate musical forms and describe the challenges faced by music sociology as it grapples with an increasingly digitalised and globalised social and technological landscape.
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| By the end of the course, post-graduate students should be able to:
1) Evaluate a range of concepts and approaches within sociology to the development of popular music.
2) Critically assess accounts of technological innovation in changing forms of musical production and consumption.
3) Recognise the formation of popular music genres as a social accomplishment dependent on micro and macro social processes.
4) Assess the relevance of theory in understanding the impact of popular music on everyday life.
5) Recognise and comment on issues raised by the digitalisation of popular music, such as changing practices of music making and listening.
6) Critically reflect on their own experiences of popular music as producers or consumers.
7) Recognise and explain the inseparability of humans and machines in the creative process.
8) Summarise key historical moments in the development of technologies of popular music, from the phonograph and the microphone to MIDI and MySpace.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Nicholas Prior
Tel: (0131 6)50 3991
|Course secretary||Miss Jade Birkin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659