• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stephen Loy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course traces the evolution of rock music in its diverse forms and varied practice, from the influence of
rhythm and blues on the development of rock and roll in the 1950s, through the emergence of a distinct rock
idiom in the 1960s, through to more recent developments of the style in the new millennium.

The interaction of rock with its socio-cultural context provides a framework for the historical aspect of this
course, examining the ways in which social and cultural developments have influenced the development of the music, while also examining the impact that the music itself has had on its socio-cultural context. In addition, this historical study will also be framed by the critical discourse on rock music that has developed since the 1970s, drawing on relevant theoretical and analytical frameworks which provide further insight into different aspects of the music. In particular, these theoretical frameworks will inform a critical exploration of how rock music may be defined.

Formal musical training is not required beyond a critical ear and critical mind. By doing this course you will have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on what is arguably one of the most important styles of music to develop out of the mid-20th Century.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Analyse and critique developments in the history of rock music in relation to socio-cultural, historical and political contexts
  2. Analyse, in aural and written form, relevant examples of the style
  3. Apply relevant theoretical concepts in the analysis and interpretation of rock music
  4. Conduct focused research on specific aspects of rock music, integrating historical and cultural context, theoretical background and musical analysis
  5. Present your arguments and ideas coherently in both written and verbal form

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial presentation and moderation of tutorial discussion (10-15 mins) (15%) [All Learning Outcomes]

Essay Plan and Bibliography (1200 words) (15%) [All Learning Outcomes]

Essay (2500 words) 45% [All Learning Outcomes]

Listening Test (25%) [All Learning Outcomes]

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130 hours of total student learning time, comprising:

  • 13 hours of lectures
  • 26 hours of tutorials
  • 91 hours of independent study

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI6005.

Prescribed Texts

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

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

Preliminary Reading

Allan F. Moore. Rock: The Primary Text. 2nd ed. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001




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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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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