Analytical theory and methods of popular music research
After completing the course, the candidate has become familiar with and can immerse themselves in literature in jazz and popular music research at the highest theoretically level. The candidate can account for a research-historical background for the choice of theories in their research. He or she can also, in an adequate manner, apply popular musicological theories’ concepts in their research, which includes confronting or combining different theories.
The course shall, through the curriculum, presentations and teaching, provide an overview of the theoretical scholarly discussions taking place within jazz and popular music research. Hereunder critically review themes that illustrate e.g. cultural analytical perspectives on improvisation research, postmodernism and popular culture, and British popular music after 1980, to highlight certain relevant areas within the field.
The course is obligatory. The teaching takes place across three to four gatherings, which last from two to three days each. The gatherings will include a combination of lectures, seminar discussions and presentation and discussion of papers.
The candidates are to prepare a paper in which connections are made between relevant literature and the candidate’s own thesis project. The paper shall have a scope of maximum 10 pages. The paper must be ready before the gathering, and will be presented during it.
The candidate shall provide a commentary on another candidate’s paper.
Assessment methods and criteria
Individual paper with a scope of maximum 10 pages with spaces, and not including references and bibliography. The submitted paper is to be assessed by the individual with course responsibility and an external examiner. If the paper is assessed as a fail, a reason for this will be provided, as well as advice with regard to making improvements, and a new submission deadline given.
Assessed with the grade: pass/fail
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.