Exploring 1960s Rock and Pop Music
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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The 1960s was a decade of profound social and cultural change, and rock and pop music played a significant role in shaping and defining this period. This course will chiefly consider the music of The Beatles but will also look at (among others) The Beach Boys, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. There will be detailed discussion of the music’s stylistic elements, including vocal style, form, melody and timbre.
There will be extensive discussion of the music’s stylistic elements, including vocal style, form, melody and timbre.
Week 1: The Early Beatles, 1957-62: Formation of a sound and of a phenomenon
Week 2: The Beatles Albums (I), 1963: Please Please Me, With the Beatles
Week 3: Surf Pop and Mod Rock: The Beach Boys, The Who, The Kinks
Week 4: The Beatles Albums (II), 1964-65: Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul
Week 5: Rhythm and Blues and Folk Rock: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan
Week 6: The Beatles Albums (III), 1966: Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Week 7: The American Response and The Concept Album: The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, The Who’s Tommy
Week 8: Blues Rock and Psychedelic Rock: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, The Doors, Pink Floyd
Week 9: The Beatles Albums (IV), 1967-69: Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road
Week 10: The Beatles Albums (V), 1970: Let it Be and the Beatles legacy
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in music, and who would like to know more about The Beatles and 1960s rock and pop music. No previous knowledge will be assumed.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning are undertaken by means of small group work. Methods include aural analysis (recorded musical examples), group discussion, and presentation of material on PowerPoint, video and/or DVD. One of the principal aims of this method is to stimulate students into discussion and debate, and further exploration.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tasks and tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio (totalling 1500 words). Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Bromwell, Nick: Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s (University of Chicago Press, 2002)
- Davies, Hunter: The Beatles: The Authorized Biography (Ebury Press, 2009)
- MacDonald, Ian: Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the 1960s (Vintage Books, 2008, pbk)
- Shuker, Roy: Popular Music: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2nd edn, 2005)
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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn 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.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.