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Course Exam

160061 VO Popular Music and Society (2020S)

Monday 28.09.2020 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).



Examination topics

The Music Industry
- Business models
- A&R (Artists and repertoire)
- Marketing and distribution
- Rights and piracy issues

The Creative Process
- Musicians
- Social background
- Performance
- The role of the producer

Texts and Sounds
- Popular music as communication
- Authenticity
- Identities (gender, sexuality and race)
- Music videos

- Fans as consumers and producers
- Subcultures and scenes
- Spaces and places
- Everyday life

Assessment and permitted materials

1.5 hour exam consisting of two sections:
A. Short questions to determine students basic understanding of material covered in lecture (60%);
B. Essay on subject of student's choice (40%).

UPDATE 20.05.2020: The first exam (24 June) will be a digital "take home exam".

The exam will now be only B. from above, so the essay on a subject of the student's choice will constitute the whole exam. The 'take-home exam' will be posted on Moodle on 24 June (original exam date). You should submit your essay then by 30 June.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

By the end of the course students will be able to:
- understand popular music as a complex social and material process comprising numerous agents and institutions;
- see popular music texts not as autonomous art works but as media through which people enter into a range of social practices;
- situate individual popular music practices within larger economic, social, and political contexts;
- think critically about the different meanings and values ascribed to popular music by the stakeholders (industry executives, musicians, critics, fans).

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