Popular music provides not only entertainment for millions but also opportunities for personal, social and political expression. This exciting and innovative course challenges you to think deeply about popular music’s meanings and influence.
The emphasis of this Popular Music in Society Joint Honours course from University of Derby course is the study of popular music rather than its practice. You will build a comprehensive understanding of popular music as a global phenomenon, examining its histories, platforms and trends and exploring its meanings, influence and pervasiveness.
In the early stages of the course, you will receive an excellent grounding in theoretical and critical approaches to the subject, analysing popular music texts past and present. You will then progress to modules on more specialist topics such as popular music on screen; popular music and the written word; and fans, movements and sub-cultures.
As you grow in confidence and develop your knowledge, there is plenty of opportunity for independent project work to concentrate on the aspects of popular music in which you are particularly interested.
Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will also be able to demonstrate your organisational skills and capacity to work to deadlines, communicate effectively and carry out independent research.
Compelling Joint Honours subject combinations which work particularly well include:
In common with graduates from other Humanities courses, the Popular Music in Society graduates are likely to pursue global careers in many different fields: the creative, cultural and heritage industries; journalism and the media; teaching and academia; business and commerce; and the civil and uniformed services.
Whichever career route you decide to follow, we do all we can to ensure you acquire the knowledge and experience to excel. We are committed to helping you develop highly prized transferable skills – including critical thinking, written and oral communication, project management, digital and informational literacy, and global awareness – which are particularly attractive to a wide range of prospective employers.
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