How is music heard, experienced, and mediated around the world? And how have ongoing developments in media and technology changed our understanding of, and interaction with music?
This course examines the role music and media play in contemporary society. The interdisciplinary course introduces students to a variety of analytical, historical and theoretical approaches to understanding the production, distribution, and consumption of music.
We will examine popular music and its mediation from a variety of perspectives, including cultural, technological, and ideological aspects. Students will be introduced to key research methodologies in music and sound studies, and will be provided with a well-equipped toolkit to understand and interrogate music and its mediation.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Communicate a critical understanding of music, media technology and infrastructure
- Explain the socio-economic and cultural impact of music media in everyday life
- Describe technologies of musical production over the past century, including key historical developments in the mediation of music from the wireless to Web 2.0
- Understand how media shapes and impacts our experience of music
There will be 8 double hours of lectures, and 2 double hours of seminars. The number of hours of seminars may be expanded depending on the number of students.
Coursework consists of the lectures, seminars, and writing exercises. Lectures provide an introduction to various themes and debates as explored through the readings and case studies. Seminars are devoted to group guidance on research methods and the assessment tasks (see below).
Students are expected to prepare for and participate in lectures and seminars through advance reading of the curriculum and participating in discussions and Q+A sessions. To qualify for the final exam, each student must complete the following to the satisfaction of the course instructor:
- Qualifying Written assignment (2.5-3 pages on an a previously agreed upon topic)
Final term paper (10 pages, approx. 23.000 characters, spaces not included).
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