Its easy, laissez faire in fact, to assume that music is merely the aural wallpaper to our existence. From our doddering dance steps as nappied toddlers to the hymns that will be sung at our funerals, music is an accompaniment that governs the life in between.

No-one can predict what form that 'in-between' will take and it was that acknowledgement that inspired the creation of Jacqueline Springer 's Contemporary Black Music Culture course; a course that traces the ascent that modern black music sociologically exerts. From the Timbo boots straight up to the dreadlocks, Contemporary Black Music Culture goes beyond the gloss of multi-million dollar music videos to deconstruct the very elements that impact upon listeners' views on politics, mortality, morality, religion, sex, fame and the growing belief that the acquisition of wealth equates to happiness for a race largely sidelined by celebrity.

This richly structured course uses the very forms of entertainment and stimuli available to us all: music, promotional videos, advertorials, broadcast and print interviews, archive documentary and movie footage - to find out how we got to where we currently are. The why's, wherefores - and most importantly how's - are illustrated, debated and dissected in bespoke DVD lectures.

Contemporary Black Music Culture's analytical composition stems from Jacqueline Springer's background in print and broadcast journalism. Her unique approach to the study of modern black music encourages students and attendees to look at the relevance of modern music and its wider societal impact in an alternate way - journeying down the road of insight, beyond the obvious, to the very spine of the Goliath that has set the world on a completely different musical course.

Be clear. Change, as Sam Cooke once reassured, is 'gonna come'.

And it's called Contemporary Black Music Culture.