MUSV2003 - Popular Music


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 6 hours

Course content

This course will explore popular music history and practice through both its cultural impact and its diverse stylistic tangents, from rhythm and blues and 1950s rock 'n' roll, to hip hop, electronic dance music, and other recent genres. The course will focus on 1945-2000, and centrally consider US-UK traditions though there will be some attention to areas of Scandinavian popular music history. The course will examine both cultural and technical aspects of popular music practice. Recordings and artists will be discussed in relation to their musical and social contexts and the course will equally explore issues of race, gender, and commercial aspects of the popular music industry. The course will additionally explore aspects of the histories of both record production and music technology and how technological innovations and limitations affected musical creativity from 1950s practices up to the modern computer-based DAW (digital audio workstation).

Learning outcome

A candidate who successfully completes MUSV2003 will have
– have knowledge about the main developments in popular music from 1945-2000.
– have an increased understanding of style, genre, and technology in relation to popular music practice and history.
– have knowledge about how the development of technologies for recording, music production and distribution has influenced the history of popular music, 1945-2000.
– know music examples that represent the different areas of popular music history.
– have specialized knowledge of the critical theory and discourses around the relationships between popular music, cultural discourse, and the music industry.

A candidate who successfully completes MUSV2003
– can identify and describe the characteristically musical features of different styles of popular music.
– can, based on musical recordings, recognize a selection of important popular music artists.
– can analyze and debate different recordings of popular music.
– can formulate her/his knowledge in both oral and written forms.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory instruction

Further on evaluation

Assessment: A written exam counting for 70% of the grade and in-class repertory identification (listening) quizzes counting for 30% of the grade.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV2001 7.5 2014-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Work 30/100



Spring UTS Work 30/100
Autumn ORD Written examination** 70/100 2017-12-04 09:00 JB31
Spring UTS Written examination 70/100 2018-06-08 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
  • ** Dette er en digital eksamen: Ta med egen PC. Merk: Hvis du skal ha tilrettelegging med PC og er plassert på datasal, trenger du ikke å ta med deg egen PC, men merk at du fortsatt skal levere eksamen i Inspera. Gjennomfør en demoeksamen uten SEB på Please note that this is a digital exam: Please bring your own computer.
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