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Undergraduate Course: Music, Style, Identity and Image in the Modern Age (MUSI10091)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the relationship between the production and consumption of popular music in Britain and America and its promotion in material and visual forms, particularly in relation to fashion cultures, art and graphic languages from c.1860 to the present. It will introduce students to key theoretical approaches used in the study of performance and identity (subcultural, design historical, anthropological, iconographical) and trace a history of the shifting contexts in which popular music imagery has been created and disseminated.
Course description Led by ECA Principal, Prof. Christopher Breward with specialist teaching contributions from ECA staff from Music and Design, this one-semester course is taught through ten 2-hour seminars and includes topics such as:

Music Hall and the democratisation of style.
Burlesque, musical comedy and the promotion of glamour.
Minstrels, zoot-suiters and the politics of resistance.
Teenagers and the erotics of rock and roll.
Myths of Swinging London.
Art school: Practice and performance in pop.
The commodification of kitsch: Glam rock and fantasy.
Situationism, bricolage and punk.
Disco, house and queer aesthetics.
Brutal Futurism from Berlin to Manchester.
Rave cultures and DIY.
Beyond vinyl: Style cultures in a digital age.

You will learn about these topics in advance of the weekly seminars by completing a range of tasks, including watching video lectures, and carrying out additional reading and study assignments as advised for each topic. These preparation tasks guide your learning, and will help you to develop the skills to select and critically analyse sources in a variety of visual, musical and scholarly media. During the seminars, you will develop your understanding through group discussion, directed by the academic lead.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 124 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%:

1. Annotated bibliography, c.2000 words (40%)

2. Final essay submission, 4000 words (60%)

Annotated bibliography and essay together address Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

LO1 - Students are guided in developing their detailed understanding of the relationship between popular music industry and visual and material creative practices by the cumulative tasks of selecting, compiling, and synthesising a variety of sources according to a specific topic (annotated bibliography), and then by formulating an extended inspection of this topic (essay).

LO2 - The combined summative assessment tasks require students to think and write about a variety of visual, musical and material forms with direct reference to existing scholarly literature which theorise their production and consumption.

LO3 - The annotated bibliography task requires students to select and critically evaluate a variety of sources (literature, visual, discographic, archival) in relation to a particular topic from the video lectures and then to develop their own ideas in the extended essay, by appraising these sources according to relevant existing theory.
Feedback (a) Formative assessment: includes submission of the first item of the annotated bibliography (Week 3), with written ungraded feedback delivered at the start of Week 6. Final annotated bibliography task to be submitted in Week 9.

(b) Summative assessment: written summative feedback on annotated bibliography within 15 working days. Written summative feedback on essay within 15 working days.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the relationship between the popular music industry and visual and material creative practices.
  2. Relate the production and consumption of music-related fashion and graphic forms to their aesthetic, social, cultural, political and economic contexts, applying relevant theoretical concepts to the analysis of these relationships.
  3. Engage in the evaluation of primary evidence related to the history of popular music in archives, collections and gallery/museum contexts.
Reading List
Cohen, S, Folk Devils and Moral Panics, London, 1972
Cole, S, Don We Now Our Gay Apparel, Oxford, 2000
Frith, Simon. 'Music and identity.' In Hall and du Gay (Eds.) Questions of cultural identity, 1996.
Gorman, P, The Look, London, 2001
Greil, M, Lipstick Traces, London, 1989
Hall, S and T. Jefferson, Resistance Through Rituals, London, 1977
Harris, J, The Last Party, London, 2004
Hebdige, D, Subcultures: The Meaning of Style, London, 1979
McRobbie, A, Zoot Suits and Second Hand Dresses, Basingstoke, 1989
Muggleton, D, Inside Subcultures, Oxford, 2000
Osgerby, B, Youth in Britain since 1945, Oxford, 1998
Sabin, R, Punk Rock, So What? London, 1999
Thornton, S, Club Cultures, Cambridge, 1995
Tomlinson, A, Consumption, Identity and Style, London, 1990
Walker, J, Crossovers: Art into Pop, London, 1987
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills To be able to search for, evaluate and use information that takes a variety of forms, in order to develop knowledge and understanding
To be able to critically review and consolidate knowledge about complex social and cultural matters
To exercise autonomy and initiative in knowledge acquisition and synthesis
KeywordsFashion,popular culture,history,sociology,design,art
Course organiserDr Nikki Moran
Tel: (0131 6)50 2423
Course secretaryMiss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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