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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 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 (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,050.00

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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: Professor Henry Johnson
Paper Structure
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Textbooks
There are no textbooks required for this paper.
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
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 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
T2 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
T3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 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
mtpa@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Professor Henry Johnson
Teaching Staff: Professor Henry Johnson, Dr Ian Chapman, Mike Holland, Associate Professor Rob Burns.
Paper Structure
This paper covers popular music in a global cultural context. Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts' office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Teaching Arrangements
Two one-hour lectures and one 50-minute tutorial per week.
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

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22