• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Samantha Bennett
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course MUSI6006
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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The impact of Western popular music transcends its origins in composition, recorded artefact and concert performance. Popular music and politics are inextricably linked. In just a few decades, popular music has [re]defined [sub]cultures, influenced politics & policy and empowered minority groups. Drawing upon extensive examples and contemporary scholarship, this course explores how and why contemporary popular music is one of the most widespread, meaningful, and influential cultural phenomena in the world today. Avoiding a chronological or historical approach, this course examines the political significance of popular music through a variety of cultural and contextual lens, including music aesthetics, textual analysis, race, gender and sexuality. Cultural-theoretical backdrops include a consideration of sound recording technology, ethnomusicology, feminism and 'queer theory'. Case study examples taken from broad genre spectra will illuminate the social impact of popular music and its relationship[s] to particular cultural themes such as identity, censorship and violence.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the interrelationship[s] between popular music, culture and politics from several theoretical perspectives;

2. Evaluate the role, significance and influence of popular music in cultural and political contexts;

3. Speculate on the potential influence of popular music on the culture[s] and politics of the future;

4. Analyse popular music using appropriate tools and descriptors specific to the discipline;

5. Demonstrate research, written and oral communication skills on the culture and politics of popular music


Indicative Assessment

One critical analysis of an allocated album/ text. [50%]

-- Deliverable: 3000 words written critical analysis. [Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5]

 

One paired presentation on a chosen popular music theme (15 minutes). [50%]

-- Deliverable: One e-presentation with embedded multimedia materials. [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 5]


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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI2216 or MUSI6006.

Prescribed Texts

Bennett, A. (2001) Cultures of Popular Music. Open University Press.

Middleton, R. (1990) Studying Popular Music. Open University Press.

Moore, A. (2012) Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song. Ashgate.

Negus, K. (1996) Popular Music in Theory - An Introduction. Polity Press.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4804 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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