MUS4605 – Research Seminar in Popular Music

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Course content

This module offers a specialisation in popular music studies and extends many of the issues addressed in earlier modules in the field. Consisting of eight double-hour lectures, the module addresses central themes relating to various theoretical premises found in popular music research. This module is linked to ongoing projects in popular music research conducted by staff working within the field.

Learning outcome

On completion of the module you will

  • Gain an insight into the central terms and theoretical issues of the research field, with specialisation in an area of popular music studies that is highly relevant today
  • Apply various theoretical and methodological approaches with a high level of critical reflection
  • Provide relevant interpretations of texts relating to music, gender and culture
  • Achieve training in the development of a hypothesis that relates directly to expressing your ideas
  • Further develop your skills in academic writing and verbal articulation


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Ingen obligatoriske forkunnskaper utover generell studiekompetanse.


  • 8 double lectures
  • 4 double periods of seminars

Obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • one oral presentation


  • A term paper (15 pages of 2300 characters each, spaces not included), with title and topic as agreed between student and instructor.

You must fulfill the requirement for compulsory activities to submit the exam.

The assessment criteria for MUS4605 can be found here.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Alle rapporter fra periodisk evaluering av IMVs emner er samlet på instituttes studiekvalitetssider

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