Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007109

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The objective is to present the history of social movements in conjunction with the musical culture of post WW II America. The period focuses on the history of Rock and Roll from 1955 to the present. Knowledge is acquired of the various genres of the musical culture along with their connection to various social movements (e.g. civil rights movement, anti-war movement, student movement, the counter-culture, etc.).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Week One Introduction to the rock’n’roll era; historical overview of the 50’s Week Two Music streams (gospel, blues, r&b, country, jazz); Elvis Presley Week Three Early 60’s; Brill Building songs; dance music; surf music; Motown Week Four Urban Folk scene; Woodie Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan Week Five British Invasion; Beatles & Rolling Stones Week Six The San Francisco scene Week Seven Music and the counterculture Week Eight Woodstock & Altamont Week Nine Reggae and Punk Week Ten Hip-Hop Week Eleven MTV culture; Madonna Week Twelve Postmodernism; U2
Educational Material Types
Course Organization
Student Assessment
A final written examination is major assessment. 2. A short research paper may be an option after conference with instructor. The paper should be developed along the lines of sound critical evaluation of the topic in general with cogent argumentation and it should display a high standard quality of the English language.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Bennett, Andy. Cultures of Popular Music. New York: Open UP, 2005. Ennis, Philip. The Seventh Stream: The Emergence of Rock and Roll in American Popular Music. Wesleyan UP, 1992. Frith, Simon and Will Straw. The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001. Frith, Simon. Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard UP, 1996. Garofalo, Reebee. Rockin’ the Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements. Boston: South End P, 1992. Grossberg, Lawrence. Dancing in Spite of Myself: Essays in Popular Culture. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1997. Longhurst, Brian. Popular Music and Society. Cambridge: Polity P, 1995. Middleton, Richard. Approaches to Textual Analysis in Popular Music. New York: Oxford UP, 2003. Negus, Keith. Popular Music in Theory: An Introduction. Hanover NH: UP of New England, 1997. Redhead, Steve. Subculture to Clubcultures: An Introduction to Popular Cultural Studies. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1997. Rose, Tricia. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover NH: UP of New England, 1994. Starr, Larry and Christopher Alan. American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV. New York: Oxford UP, 2003. Stuessy, Joe and Scott David Lipscomb. Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006. Szatmary, David. Rockin’ in Time: A Social History of Rock and Roll. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004. Whiteley, Sheila. Women and Popular Music: Sexuality, Identity, and Subjectivity. London: Routledge, 2000.
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