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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 paper 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) $998.10
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,885.00

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Textbooks
MUSI 103 Course Reader
Learning Outcomes
In this paper, students will:
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of music in popular culture
  • Gain an understanding of the relevant theories and research methods in field of popular music studies
  • Gain an understanding of multiple disciplines that inform studies of popular music
  • Develop an understanding of the historical contexts through which popular music is produced and consumed
  • Increase self-confidence in the analysis and understanding of music in popular culture
  • Develop analytical skills that can be of use in wider application and throughout their degree programme
Eligibility
No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.
Contact
henry.johnson@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Professor Henry Johnson
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music's office for copy a of the most recent paper profile.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-12, 14-16, 18-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-12, 14-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 14-22
T2 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 14-22
T5 Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 14-22

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 these as a way of (re)constructing our own - and others' - identities. 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, television and gaming) and discuss the music industry. This paper explores these topics using a case-study approach.

Paper title Music in Popular Culture
Paper code MUSI103
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2017 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.
Contact
music@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Jennifer Cattermole
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Textbooks
MUSI 103 Course Reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  1. Develop an understanding and appreciation of music in popular culture
  2. Gain an understanding of the relevant theories and research methods in field of popular music studies
  3. Gain an understanding of multiple disciplines that inform studies of popular music
  4. Develop an understanding of the historical contexts through which popular music is produced and consumed
  5. Increase self-confidence in the analysis and understanding of music in popular culture
  6. Develop analytical skills that can be more widely applied throughout their degree programme

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41