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
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