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SO352 - Decolonising Music: Popular, World and Folk Forms

  • Module code: SO352
  • Module name: Decolonising Music: Popular, World and Folk Forms
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Music is a part of our everyday lives, from a background noise in elevators, to enlivening a memory of our most intimate encounters. But, when we take time to reflect on musical tastes and what we choose to like or discard, we get caught up in a quite tangled world of politics, classification and marketing. We'll engage with a specific area of music that comes under the gamut of 'world music' but sits in relation to other genres, such as popular and folk music. The intellectual tools that are available for the broader study of culture will be used to develop a critical relationship to various genres of music. You'll have the opportunity to reflect on your own musical tastes, and engage with artists/producers as part of your learning. A creative and critical output in the form of a multimedia blog is anticipated to be one of the course’s outcomes.

Timetabled teaching activities

This module will run in the Autumn Term

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: SO352-15)
A (Assessed work only) Essay (3000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (VL13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Sociology (with Year Abroad) (VL14) - Year 4