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University of Derby

Popular Music in Society (Joint Honours)

UCAS Code: J3MU

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) or Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BA/BSc (H)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Popular music

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.

**TWO SUBJECTS, ONE DEGREE:** A Joint Honours degree adds variety and interest to your studies. Studying Popular Music in Society Joint Honours helps you to keep your career options open and marks you out as a versatile graduate with a broad portfolio of skills. You can combine Popular Music in Society Joint Honours with a wide range of subjects at Derby – the full list can be found in the subject options below. **Please ensure you add the second subject you wish to combine with Popular Music in Society in the further details section when adding your choice in apply.**

- Explore the role, impact and context of popular music – from key works, artists and audiences to historical debates, cultural theories and political ideas

- Build skills which are highly prized by employers seeking adaptable, analytical, creative and culturally aware graduates for a rapidly changing world

- Broaden your knowledge through work-based learning, study visits and guest lectures

- Be inspired to succeed by our highly experienced team of subject experts who have published influential research in this field

- Choose to study part of your degree overseas at one of our North American or European partner universities

- Combine Popular Music in Society with another subject and set yourself apart as a versatile and independent learner.

**A dynamic and diverse subject**
The emphasis of this 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.

**A truly interdisciplinary approach**
Our approach to popular music is always informed by wider debates so that you can appreciate how it is created and how it might ‘work’. Alongside a focus on musicians, the industry and audiences, you will cover the ways in which music is produced, mediated, disseminated, consumed and understood.
We view popular music as a cultural practice which has articulated emotions, activism, disruption, discord, optimism and potential liberation for performers and audiences alike. A large part of your mission on this course will therefore be to gauge the way popular music has reflected, commented upon, and even helped to shape the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Popular Music in Society draws on a variety of contexts and disciplines such as cultural studies, history, politics and sociology. It also encourages you to view cultures as complex, diverse and multi-faceted networks.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Joint Honours

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
34%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Teaching and educational professionals

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Popular music

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