Sociology of Music: Problematics


By the end of this course students should/will be able to demonstrate:
a) un understanding of relevant research methodologies and techniques and their appropriate application within the field of sociology of music; b) independent and critical thinking and ability to communicate and sinthetize ideas and information clearly in what concerns specific topics in the field of study; c) an awareness of the state of the art developments in specific domains within the sociology of music field; d) an awareness of the conceptual and analytical abilities in the domain of study; e) to be capable of pursuing studies and research in the field of study; f) to be able to summarise, document, report and reflect on research progress.

General characterization





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Teaching language





Bennet, A. (2000). Popular Music and Youth Culture: Music, Identity and Place. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Butler, J. (2004). Undoing gender. New York: Routledge.
‪Gauntlett, D. (2008). ‪Media, Gender and Identity‬: ‪An Introduction‬. London: Routledge.
Leppert, R. & McClary, S. (1987). Music and society, the politics of composition, performance and reception. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Marshall, P. D. (ed.) (2006). The Celebrity Culture Reader. New York: Routledge.
McClary, S. (1991). Feminine endings. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Martin, P. J. (1997). Sounds and Society: Themes in the Sociology of Music. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
O´Hara, K. & Brown, B. (eds.) (2006). Consuming Music Together: Social and Collaborative Aspects of Music Consumption Technologies. Dordrecht: Springer.
Rojek, C. (2001). Celebrity. London: Reaktion Books.

Teaching method

Lessons are both theoretical (60%) and practical (40%). The teaching-learning processes make extensive use of audiovisual media, and are based in the active learning model. They include, among other methods, exposition and demonstration, discussion, collaborative learning, literature review, problem solving, case learning, musical and audiovisual examples interpretation, group and individual readings and presentations, research project conception , among others.

Evaluation method

1) a research project guidelines (25%);
2) a critical review and its oral discussion (25%);
3) a paper, and its presentation in the course ´s final conference (50%).
Critical thinking and class participation will be valued.

Subject matter

This course enables students to achieve a research knowledge - both theoretical and practical - in the field of sociology of music. The process focuses on the in-depth study of a central theme selected annually in accordance with criteria of social and intellectual relevance. The theme will be exposed and discussed on over the classes, reflecting about a range of different approaches, about the characteristics and problems inherent in each approach, as welll as the tools and research methods in use. Students will have the opportunity to implement and experiment with new intellectual tools, through the examination of specific studies, and throught their involvement in new research projects. Among the issues to be addressed are: “music, institutions and social stratification”, “the mediation of music in the digital age”, “the politics of musical consumption and taste”, “gender and music”, “music and postmodernity”, “music and media”, among others.


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