• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest History, Social Research, Music, Arts

Rock 'n' roll music is ubiquitous; it permeates life world-wide. The same songs by the same musicians can be heard as frequently on the beaches of Thailand as they are in remote Africa. The music of the rock'n'rollers is covered, translated, re-recorded and shared throughout humanity. Our preferences for music from this genre unite, define, and divide us. In this course, you will learn about the musical, historical and sociological significance of rock 'n' roll.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

1. critique historical developments in Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1900 to the present day through  the examination and discussion of significant music repertoire as well as changes in the  historical, social, and aesthetic contexts of music and its  languages

2. debate the significance, role, and influence of more than 400 individual recordings

3. evaluate the significance of this genre of music in the context of contemporary cultures, social movements, political issues, historical landmarks, teen and young adult trends

4. speculate on the influence of the genre in the future

5. write and talk about the genre using a variety of communication strategies.

Indicative Assessment

Critical Listening Assignments 200-300 words (30% total) [Learning Outcomes 1-2]

Quizzes (25% total) [Learning Outcomes 1-2]

Research Project assignment 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Concert Review assignment 600 words (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1-2]

Final Written Exam (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 32.5 hours of lectures (13 x 2.5 hour lectures)

b) 97 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Prescribed Texts

Jones, T. ad McIntosh, J. (2008). Rock’n’Roll Origins and Innovations. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt.

Companion website: http://webcom7.grtxle.com/rocknroll




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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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2014 $2478
2013 $2478
2012 $2358
2011 $2310
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2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1836
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4542 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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