‘Cash, Money, Records Forever’: An Introduction to the Business Practices of the Evolving British Music Industry

The course examines the structure and methodologies of the music industry and business in diverse settings: the origins of the music industry; different areas of the industry including record labels and its associates; artistry and agency; music consumption, distribution and promotion/marketing; and, creativity and legal issues in music. The course will also discuss on how the evolving music industry has had an impact on business and society in Britain (and Europe).

EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES (2-4 PER COURSE)

  • Guest lecturer(s) from the music industry
  • Attend a related music industry event/exhibition
  • Various Concerts and Gigs

COURSE OUTLINE

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London’s Consumer Landscape: Arcade Halls and Shopping Malls

Home to a wide array of historic markets, the most famous department store in the world, and the largest urban shopping mall in Europe, London is distinguished by the diversity, scope, and global character of its consumer spaces. Rich in architectural and historic significance, London’s consumer landscape serves as a valuable part of the city’s heritage. In the early twenty-first century, consumerism operates not only as a driving force of London’s economy but also as a cultural pastime for both Londoners and millions of tourists in the city. An analysis of this practice thus provides insight into the relationship among the social, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the city historically and continue to define it. This course examines the ways in which consumer culture and the consumer landscape have developed in London from the late eighteenth century to the present. It engages with a wide variety of consumer spaces, such as street markets, historic arcades, High streets, department stores, and the growing trend of pop-ups, to investigate consumption in all its variety and complexity. These spaces illuminate not only the centrality of consumerism to London’s past but also how it operates to shape the contemporary character of the global city as an international shopping destination.

EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITES (2-4 PER COURSE)

  • Brixton Walking Tour
  • West End Walking Tour
  • Historic Arcades and Markets of the City
  • Green Street
  • Westfield Stratford City
  • The High Street

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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