Musicology: Bachelor's Project: Pop Music & Identity

Course content

This eight-week course examines the role of identity in Western popular music broadly construed in relationship to key generic, stylistic, and technological developments over the last two decades. Through adopting an intersectional lens, we will explore the myriad ways pop music reflects and shapes attitudes towards gender, sexuality, race, class, and dis/ability, and how these diverse socio-cultural identities in turn shape the sonic and visual landscape of mainstream pop and its mass-mediated modes of production, representation, dissemination, and consumption. We will engage with some of the latest interdisciplinary perspectives in queer and feminist theory, disability studies, and critical race studies, while drawing on foundational literature in pop music studies, media and communication studies, fan studies, sound studies, and voice studies. Through surveying a broad range of weekly topics and musical case studies, we will ultimately discover how pop music both mirrors society’s underlying hegemonic power structures, as it challenges the status quo. Our weekly topics are intended as starting points only and designed to spark further interest such that students will have ample freedom to pursue their own individual topics and lines of musical inquiry for their final projects.




Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Written assignment
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Preparation
  • 311
  • Guidance
  • 1
  • Exam Preparation
  • 84
  • English
  • 420