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Assessment, Principal Learning Outcomes, and Contact Hours


The assessment for this 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Advanced Option module is determined by whether or not the student will be basing a Dissertation on the module:

  • For students who are not basing a Dissertation on this module: a two-hour exam (50%) and a 4,500 word essay (50%)
  • For students who are basing a Dissertation on this module (dissertation module code AM433): a three-hour exam (100%)

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Students also complete three formative (non-assessed) pieces of work. These consist of a class presentation, a short essay/review (2,000 words) (due term One, Week 9. You can choose a title from the model exam paper or write a review of a record, concert or book) and a short mock exam at the start of the summer term

Principal Learning Outcomes

  • To evaluate and critique the role of popular music in the twentieth century
  • To analyse and compare different types of sources, and enhance their ability to develop a historical argument
  • To engage with historiographical debates and think about the history and legacy of different historical concepts
  • To understand how cultural history can be accessed through a diverse range of literary, visual, aural, and material sources
  • To encourage independent research, historiographical engagement, and the development of critical analysis

Contact Hours

Student contact hours for this 30 CATS undergraduate final-year Advanced Option module are comprised as follows:

Lectures: None
Seminars: Eighteen two-hour seminars (thirty-six hours total)
Tutorials: Four hours of feedback and long essay preparation
Revision: Two two-hour revision seminars (four hours total)
Total: Forty-four hours