School of History

HST5383 – Music and Social Change in Modern Britain, from Ballads to Britpop

Module code: HST5383

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr David Kennerley

This module explores the sound track to life in modern Britain. From the birth of the concert to brass bands and the Victorian music hall, and from the sound recording revolution to jazz, rock, punk, R&B, and more, this course asks how dramatic changes in attitudes to politics, class, race, gender and sexuality have influenced, and been influenced by, British music. This course is definitely for those who enjoy listening to music, but no ability to read music is required. From ‘Rule Britannia’ to ‘Cool Britannia’, we will study the tunes that have defined British life: this is British history as you’ve never heard it before.

Assessment: Source Analysis (1,000 words) [30%] and Essay (3,000 words) [70%]
Level: 5