EN2832 - Popular Music and Social Life

Offering Academic Unit
Department of English
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2017/18
Semester B 2018/19 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims at enabling students to identify the social role of commercial popular music in consumer society. The central focus is on helping students to analyse how popular music articulates sub-cultures in general and youth culture in particular, through patterns of consumption,  ideology, emotional appeal, and practices of resistance. Students will examine genre history, intertextual  meanings, iconography and performance, exploring the relationship between popular music and the formation of social identities including: gender, racial, youth, political and religious identities. Students are encouraged to discover, create and innovate not only through discussion, analysis and argument, but also through practice and performance.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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