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MO3524   Popular Music, Culture and Society: The United States and Britain, 1955-1980

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: See

This module explores the ways in which popular music may be used as a lens through which to view socio-cultural changes in Britain and the United States after World War II. It adopts a thematic focus, allowing students to explore particular changes and ideas as they affected both of the countries in question. Adopting a broad and flexible definition of 'popular music', the module explores many of the distinctive musical trends and styles which found particular favour during this period, including rock 'n' roll, skiffle, folk music, 'beat', rock, disco and punk rock. It analyses the ways in which these variously reflected, and served to illuminate, such themes as youth and generational cultures, politics and protest, race, gender, place and social class. While some of the content is transatlantic/comparative in its focus, the module also encourages students to explore those socio-cultural conditions and phenomena which were unique to the US and Britain during this period.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO3421

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr G A M Mitchell
Module teaching staff: Dr G Mitchell