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Postgraduate Course: Popular Music Technology and Society (PGSP11261)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryPopular 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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Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by way of two essays; 1) 1,500 word essay, worth 25% of total course mark; 2) a long essay, of between 3,500-4,000 words, worth 75% of total course mark.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate a range of concepts and approaches within cultural sociology to the relationship between popular music and digital technology.
  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, consuming and listening.
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Course organiserProf Nicholas Prior
Tel: (0131 6)50 3991
Course secretaryMs Emilia Czatkowska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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