Module code: 5MUCO001W
Faculty: School of Media, Arts and Design
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses.
The Conference Paper module will give you the opportunity to research an area of personal interest related to the music sociology themes covered in the Commercial Music BA Honours course – such as identity, ethnicity and gender, audience studies, technological determinism, the politics of taste, and subcultural studies. To encourage you to tailor your research to a specific research ‘deliverable’, a mini-conference will be organised for each theme (advertised both within and outside of the University), complete with a call for papers, peer-review of proposals, and scheduled presentations at the main assessment event (a one-day academic conference), followed by questions from the tutor, your student peers and the wider audience.
By the end of the module, you will be able to understand and assimilate contradictory arguments in peer-reviewed material, design a paper in response to a brief, and design, research and execute a verbal paper or poster presentation – including defending research-led arguments in front of an audience of peers. Teaching and learning will focus on lectures, seminars, mock presentations and individual tutorials. The assessment will take account of all your formative work – such as abstract submission, peer review, research and personal development blog – as well as your conference paper presentation.