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Bachelor 2020/2021

History of Rock, Part Two

Type: Compulsory course (Cultural Studies)
Area of studies: Cultural Studies
When: 3 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course, part 2 of a 2-course sequence, examines the history of rock, primarily as it unfolded in the United States, from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. This course covers the music of Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Carole King, Bob Marley, the Sex Pistols, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Metallica, Run-DMC, and Nirvana, and many more artists, with an emphasis both on cultural context and on the music itself. We will also explore how developments in the music business and in technology helped shape the ways in which styles developed. This discipline uses massive open-online course 'History of Rock, part two', created by University of Rochester via Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/history-of-rock-2
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • You will get to know the chronology of rock movement from its emergence until present days. You will look on the history of rock through biographies and ideas of the key members of the rock movement
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the decade, punk and disco had challenged the excesses of the hippie aesthetic, as rock became more commercially streamlined and radio friendly. The emergence and rise of MTV transformed pop music and propelled the careers of Michael jackson and Madonna, while heavy metal and hip hop dominated the late 1980s. Nirvana leads alt-rock's return to simplicity in the early 1990s.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The Growing Rock Monster (1970-77)
    A series of styles continue to develop the combinations of late-1960s psychedelia: blues-rock, southern rock, progressive rock, jazz-rock, theatrical rock, country rock, and singer-songwriters. Rock becomes increasingly ambitious. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
  • Black Pop, Reggae, and the Rise of Disco (1970-79)
    Moving along a parallel but mostly separate path, black pop develops with the help of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone. Motown continues, the rise of funk and Blaxploitation films. Bob Marley and reggae. The emergence of disco the reaction of rock fans. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
  • Mainstream Rock, Punk, and New Wave (1975-79)
    Rock style from the early 70s are streamlined and labeled corporate rock, as the music business expands even further. The mega-album. Punk reacts with a return to simplicity. New wave develops the punk attitude. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
  • I Want My MTV (1980-89)
    MTV emerges from a developing cable television industry. Michael Jackson and Thriller. The rise of Madonna, Prince, and Janet Jackson. Does MTV make music more visual than aural? Mainstream rockers continue thrive. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
  • Heavy Metal, Rap, and Indie Rock (1980-89)
    Developing out of underground scenes of the late 1970s, heavy metal and hip hop become important mainstream styles in the late 1980s, aided by exposure on MTV. The rock reaction against rap. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
  • Alternative Rock, Rock Alternatives, and Widening Gaps (the 1990s)
    The growth of "classic rock" and the development of the history-of-rock awareness. A survey of artists as they relate to earlier trends in the history of rock, including teen idols, hip-hop, 60s-influenced rock, female singer-songwriters, dance music, indie rock, and heavy metal. This theme is learned by students on MOOC 'History of rock, part two'.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final exam
  • non-blocking Online course
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.5 * Final exam + 0.5 * Online course
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cateforis, T. (2018). The Rock History Reader (Vol. Third edition). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1990143

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Kajanová, Y., Duffell, L., & Duffell, G. (2014). On the History of Rock Music. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=869988