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Music, Culture and Society

Level 4, 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

We have 1 upcoming course

24 June 2017
(10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
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10:00 am to 5:00 pm
3 meetings. Saturdays 24th June, 1st July, and 15th July 2017
James Rendell
Continuing and Professional Education
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
Fee £225.00 (Concessionary Fee £180.00)
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Why does music matter so much to us? How and why does music become meaningful for us in particular ways in our everyday lives? How do we use music to understand our own identities and those of others? This course will address these questions and seek to explore them from a variety of perspectives. Key themes will include thinking and writing critically about music, the emotional significance of music, the use of music in culture and the media, and the impact of digitisation on our engagement with music. Consideration will also be made of recent research on music audiences and fans.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in music and its role and importance in culture and society, and with the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to go on and study other courses in the pathway, but also operates as a standalone course offering the opportunity to think critically about the role and meaning of music in your own life.

Learning and Teaching

This course consists of nine units across 3 day schools. Each day school will take place on a Saturday between 10am and 5pm with an hours break for lunch. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions, debates, film screenings, pair-work and group-work, analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be a strong emphasis on learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.

Coursework and Assessment

This course has three short pieces of assessed work which together should add up to 1500 words. These pieces of work have been designed to help you in developing the skills and approaches that you need to study successfully. The first piece of work will allow you to practice putting your ideas into words in an academic way; the second will help you to develop your skills of analysis, whilst the third will give you the opportunity to write a short essay. There will be lots of help and support available for all three assignments.

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Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.