Objectives and Content
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes:
- Has knowledge of the relationships between popular musics, mass media, and related technologies and industries.
- Can assess how processes of representation and reception contribute to the creation and mediation of meaning in popular music texts.
- Can analyze multimedia popular music texts in terms of their structural and stylistic attributes, as well as their relationships to cultural, historical and technological contexts.
- Can identify and make use of relevant academic literature in independent research on popular music.
- Can productively discuss how cultural and historical conditions are implicated in the development and performance of popular music genres and styles.
- Can assess the ways in which audiences, fans, and communities contribute to the formation of popular musics.
- Can evaluate specific styles and genres of popular musics in relation to current academic debates and paradigms (including for example, gender and sexuality, authenticity, and globalization).
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All instruction is obligatory. Absence of more than 20% leads to loss of right to take the exam. All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved of before the exam. Approved obligatory activities are valid for 2 semesters after they are completed.
Forms of Assessment
Term paper of ca. 4500-5500 words. This paper will be either a reading (analysis/interpretation) of a specific musical text, or a discussion of a research question in which the task is to set the music within a specific cultural, social or historical context. The term paper can be written in Norwegian or English.
Internal evaluation with at least two examiners.