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

Over the past five hundred years, the world’s societies have become increasingly integrated and interdependent, in economic and cultural terms, through the processes of globalisation. What has this meant for music? On the one hand there has been a sharp rise in the diversity of musical styles flowing around the world; on the other hand, the increasing hegemony of dominant cultures has led to the decline or complete loss of many unique musical practices. This course examines the impact of globalisation on local musical practices, exploring how music plays an essential role in articulating identity and place, how music developed into a commodity that is bought and sold, and how music remains a crucial factor in cultural survival throughout our globalised world.

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. Describe the interrelationships between music, cultural survival, and globalisation from several theoretical perspectives
  2. Apply these theoretical perspectives to a number of specific musical cases
  3. Demonstrate advanced listening skills focused on cross-cultural musical elements, developed through the study and discussion of selected works
  4. Demonstrate highly developed research, analysis, discussion and writing skills about the discourses surrounding the globalisation of music.

Indicative Assessment

In-class Exam, mid-semester (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

Research essay of 4,500-5,000 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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130 hours of total student learning time, made up from:

(a) 36 hours of contact (one weekly 2-hour lecture for 13 weeks) plus 12 hours of tutorials (scheduled); and

(b) 96 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing (average of 7 hours per week)

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI3310.

Preliminary Reading

Biddle, Ian D., and Vanessa Knights. Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Bohlman, Philip V. World Music: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Born, Georgina, and David Hesmondhalgh, eds. Western Music and Its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music. Berkeley; London: University of California Press, 2000.

White, Bob W., ed. Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012.


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9784 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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