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MUSI103 Music in Popular Culture

Studies in the role and function of music in popular culture in New Zealand and the world. (No prior musical knowledge required.)

Popular music is a powerful contemporary phenomenon, but it is also part of a wider picture. Most of the songs we hear have been created within an international, globalised culture industry. They express cultural values and ideologies and we use them as a way of finding our personal and social identity. In this paper we investigate theories of popular culture as they relate to music, analyse the many functions of popular music (including its role in film and television) and discuss the music industry. This course includes a number of case studies through which these issues are explored.

Paper title Music in Popular Culture
Paper code MUSI103
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $969.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,840.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Oli Wilson
More information link
View further information on the Department of Music's website
No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.Note: MUSI103 is a prerequisite for MUSI269.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Tues : 15:00-15:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 15:00-15:50


Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Wed : 11:00-11:50
or Wed : 12:00-12:50
or Wed : 13:00-13:50
or Thurs : 10:00-10:50
or Thurs : 11:00-11:50
or Thurs : 12:00-12:50