SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3P308311
Module Leader Iain Muego
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 2 of any of: BACS, BASS, BAJO, BAMK or BSEV programme.

Summary of Content

The course considers the factors govering the production, comsumption and meaning of popular music-based media today, including music radio, music television, film music and the music press. As well as analysing the history, practice and reception of these various types of music media, the course will examine cross-media questions, such as the representation of national popular music cultures in small nations, and multinationals' strategies of global ownershipof music hardware, software and media interest. The module will also explore how music contributes to or is utilized for the formation of identities (personal, social and national), and how its use takes place within various environmental, social, cultural and economic contexts.


- Lectures on key critical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, musicological and related perspectives on popular music. - Screening/Lectures on theoretical aspects of film music, film musicals, pop soundtracks, and music video. - Seminar topics: no more than 20 (two per seminar) from: Approaches to writing pop History of the Music Press; the practices of Music Journalism; History, practice and effects of Format Radio; The European Public service Pop radio tradition; the Hollywood mUsical; Function and economics of pop soundtracks; History of pop on TV; Watching music television; Globalisation and Resistance in the Music Business; Music, Lifestyle, & Identity; Muisc, Politics & Censorship; Gender roles in Music Performance and Consumptions; Social ritual and musical forms in dance music; DJ Culture; Indentity in Black music, Video and Rap; Recording and Authenticity in the digital era; Approcahes to critiquiting Pop Performance; Fan Studies; Woman rewriting rock; Copyright issues; Technology and ownership in music onthe internet; Sites of Listening; Home, Car, Workplace.

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this module should be able to:Understand the inter-relationship between the music, media and leisure industries. -Understand patterns and practices of audience use and response to music media.-Summarise major philosophical, psychological, sociological and musicological theories of music.-Understand the economic, copyright and technological issues effecting the music business.-Analyse music-use and effect in a range of media texts in the light of the above understandings and awareness.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

- Weekly student-led seminars; twice-weekly lecture and/or screening; tutorials on appraches to assessments; directed reading, listening, viewing or external primary research; additional presentations by, or visits to, practitioners in music broadcasting and/or music industry, and/or attendance at music events. - 50% attendance at seminars as a prerequisite of entry to first diet examination. - All coursework is required; failure to complete it may lead ot disbarment from the first diet examination.

Indicative Reading

Bowman, Wayne D. 1988. Philosophical Perspectives on Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press DeNora, Tia. 2000. Music in Everyday Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Donnelly, Kevin, ed. 2001. Film Music: Critical Approaches. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Frith, Simon. 1996. Performing Rites: On the value of Popular Music. Oxford, OUP 1996 Gilbert, Jeremy. 1999. Discographies : dance music, culture, and the politics of sound. London: Routledge Inglis, Ian. 2003. Popular Music and Film. London: Wallflower Press MacDonald, Raymond, Hargreaves, David; & Miell, Dorothy. 2002. Musical Identities. Oxford: Oxford University Press Middleton, Richard, ed., 2000. Reading Pop:Approaches to textual Analysis in Pop Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press Popular Music. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1982-current Toynbee, Jason. 2000. Making Popular Music: Musicians, Creativity and Institutions. London: Arnold Wall, Tim. 2003. Studying Popular Music Culture. London: Arnold Whiteley, Sheila. 2000. Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity, and Subjectivity. London: Routledge

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving. Time management: organising and palnning work. Independant working. Palnning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development. Communication skills, written, oral and listening.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
other hours 8.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Seminar Presentation, Essay
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 35% Examination