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Cursus: MU3V14012
Subcultures: Music, Identity, Media
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geesteswetenschappen; BA Onderwijs Geesteswetenschappen; Ug School Media en Cultuurwetenschappen;
ContactpersoonL. Rusch
L. Rusch
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Contactpersoon van de cursus
L. Rusch
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3  (03-02-2020 t/m 03-04-2020)
Timeslot-: Niet van toepassing
OpmerkingDeze cursus maakt deel uit van het verdiepingspakket Muziek en media.
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-10-2019 t/m 24-11-2019
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
In this course students gain advanced insight into the relationship between music and subcultures. This consists of an understanding of the sociological discourse surrounding the topic; the historical development of several (music-related) subcultures throughout the twentieth and twenty-first century; and a knowledge of and expertise in research approaches to the topic, such as ethnography and semiotics.
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before 11 November 12.00 noon to be considered for enrollment.
The following students are guaranteed a place:
  • BA Muziekwetenschap;
  • BA TCS or LAS;
  • students who are registered for the minor Cultuur, communicatie en media;
  • pre-master’s students.
Other students will be placed by means of random selection. 

From the safety pins and three-chord songs of the punks to the message boards and square waves of the chiptune scene, music, media and subcultures have always been closely intertwined. This course discusses the subject of subculture theory ranging from the semiotic approaches of Dick Hebdige towards punk to the ethnographic methods of Sarah Thornton’s research on EDM club cultures. Throughout the course, we will not only contextualize these theories and their subcultural focuses in the broader history of popular music, media and technology, but also consider their application to other areas of musicological research. To that effect, the course will also include a basic introduction to ethnographic research methods and the ways in which they can be combined with more traditional music-historical approaches in studying contemporary music scenes.

Subcultures is the third course of the Music and Media track (‘verdiepingspakket Muziek en media’).

LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information:
This course is part of the Music and Media track (‘verdiepingspakket Muziek en media’) and is related to the methodology and some of the themes discussed in Film Music: History and Analysis and Musical Intermediality. To successfully participate in this course, students will need to have extensive knowledge of (Western) music history and its forms of notation, as well as a basic understanding of music theory and analysis.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Most immediately relevant are the courses Inleiding muziek en media and Populaire muziek en jazz. Other historical background knowledge can be gained through Westerse muziek van 1600 tot 1900, Westerse muziek van 1900 tot heden and Film Music: History and Analysis. Understanding of music analysis can be gained through Algemene muziekleer, Harmonie- en vormleer and Muzikale intermedialiteit.
Verplicht materiaal
Ken Gelder, Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice (Routledge 2007)
Aanbevolen materiaal
Wordt nader bekendgemaakt

A weekly lecture on the historical backgrounds of music-related subcultures and theories and concepts relevant to these.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Critical study of the literature under discussion; search for additional materials. Preparation of classroom discussions.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Active participation in classroom discussions, preparation of arguments, questions and presentations.


In the seminars we will carefully discuss the relevant literature and study and practice with the research methods outlined therein.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Critical study of the literature under discussion; search for additional materials. Preparation of oral presentations, classroom discussions and ethnographic fieldwork assignments.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
A responsible attitude towards seminar meetings is required; teamwork is often mandatory. Participation in discussions may be graded individually, as well as collaborative efforts.

Minimum cijfer-

Minimum cijfer-

For both elements of the examination, criteria for assessment are analytical skills, critical reflection, embedding of own research into larger scholarly debates, oral and written presentation skills, creativity.


Aspecten van academische vorming
Academisch denken, werken en handelen
Communicatieve vaardigheden
Kennis hanteren in een bredere context
Hanteren van wetenschappelijk instrumentarium

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