- Code MUSI6006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Music
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Music
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Music, Creative Arts, Arts, Politics
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the interrelationship[s] between popular music, culture and politics from several theoretical perspectives applying appropriate research methology;
- Evaluate the role, significance and influence of popular
music across cultural, sociological and political contexts;
- Speculate on the potential influence of popular music on
the culture[s] and politics of the future;
- Critically analyse popular music using appropriate tools
and descriptors specific to the discipline;
- Demonstrate a high level of research, written and oral communication skills on the culture and politics of popular music
Critical analysis of an allocated album/ text, 3500 [50%] [Learning Outcomes 1, 4, 5]
Individual research paper (2000-words) and paper presentation (20 minutes) on a chosen popular music theme [50%] [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 5]
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Workload130 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
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.
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