The History of the Modern (W3032)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

By combining analysis of scores and social history, this module examines the establishment from the early 19th century to the present day, of counter-cultures that subvert the authority of the 'classical', both within the concert-hall and beyond. It considers the consequences of modernism's estrangement from the aspirations of the concert-going public, the aesthetic re-alignments prompted by the emergence of a popular mass culture, and the impact of electronic and digital technology.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.