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MUSC8096 - Popular Music History 80s

Title:Popular Music History 80s
Long Title:Popular Music History 80s
Module Code:MUSC8096
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Author: KARL ROONEY
Module Description: This module investigates the stylistic elements of popular music from the 80s, through critical guided listening and independent student research.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the key musical movements and leading musical figures of the 80s.
LO2 Critically analyse key stylistic features of the music of the 80s
LO3 Independently research and efficiently analyse personal areas of musical/historical interest from the music of the 80s.
LO4 Structure and concisely present independently-researched information on a specific musical topic from the period.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Key Musical Movements and Leading Figures of the 80s:
Critical examination of the key stylistic developments of the era and the musicians/ producers who initiated them.
Cultural, Geographical and Economical Significance:
The music of the era will be examined with reference to the cultural, geographical and economical context in which it was created and developed.
Inspiration/ Influence:
Places the music of the 80s in the broader context of what came before and after.
Continuous Assessment:
The student is monitored on a weekly basis in tutorials. Students will be assessed throughout the semester on the basis of their attendance and the progress of their independent research which will be assessed periodically.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Students give a 20 min presentation on a specific artist(s) or stylistic movement from the era. 1,2,3,4 30.0 Week 8
Other Continuous assessment as outlined in the indicative content 1,2,3 30.0 Every Week
Essay An essay on a prescribed topic pertaining to the relevant era 1,2,3 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture History Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial History Tutorial 0.75 Every Week 0.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 4.25 Every Week 4.25
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.75
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Majewski, Lori 2014, Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s, Harry N. Abrams [ISBN: 1419710974]
  • Chojnacki, Matthew 2011, Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. [ISBN: 0764338315]
  • Krims, Adam 2000, Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism), Cambridge University Press [ISBN: 0521634474]
  • Rose, Tricia 1994, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music & Culture), Wesleyan University Press [ISBN: 0819562750]
  • Rule, Greg 2000, Electro Shock!: Groundbreakers of Synth Music, Backbeat Books [ISBN: 0879305827]
  • Weinstein, Deena 2000, Heavy Metal: The Music and Its Culture, DaCapo Press [ISBN: 0306809702]
  • Michael-Dante Craig 2001, The Totally Awesome 80s Pop Music Trivia Book, iUniverse Oxfordshire [ISBN: 978-059517010]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 6 Elective
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 8 Elective

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