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GEND2030 – Sex, Race, and Rock

2020 – Session 1, Fully online/virtual

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Rebecca Sheehan
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, we explore the cultural history of and links between sexuality, gender, race, and rock music. Influenced by black and working-class cultures, and with sexuality embedded in its form and practice, rock music has challenged and transformed existing norms of family, sex and gender. Music has also been a site of struggle between the freedom that music enables and the commodification that spreads music globally. We begin with slave songs in the nineteenth century and travel through the 1950s boom of rock'n'roll and Elvis, the 1960s British Invasion, the 1970s emergence of disco, the 1980s MTV revolution and hip hop, and conclude with Laura Jane Grace, Beyonce, and the contemporary music scene. Along the way, we uncover the hidden histories and pioneering contributions of women, explore how glam rock, disco, and MTV laid the foundations of performative gender and queer theories, and learn how social identities and ideals have been reflected in and shaped by rock music.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Interpret sexuality, gender, and race in the cultural history of Western rock music and rock’s impact on social norms.
  • ULO2: Critically analyse popular cultural forms in scholarly ways
  • ULO3: Evaluate and express conceptually difficult ideas and independent critical thinking in oral and written forms
  • ULO4: Pose research questions
  • ULO5: Synthesise diverse sources to build and defend a reasoned position in response to research questions.

Assessment Tasks

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