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MUSI270 David Bowie

A critical examination of the popular music figure, David Bowie, that encompasses music, gender studies, film and media studies, theatre, and fashion.

This multidisciplinary paper on David Bowie's career will be taught by one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, Dr Ian Chapman. MUSI 270 will focus on of one of the most important figures in the history of popular music from the perspectives of music, gender studies, film and media studies, theatre, performing arts, and fashion. Throughout the paper, every decade of Bowie's music, image and performance style will be discussed and analysed, with Dr Chapman going in-depth on Bowie’s music, lyrics, album covers, and stage performances and more.

Paper title David Bowie
Paper code MUSI270
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 100-level points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

You need to have completed a first-year paper to do this paper and have the ability to write an essay. Ability to read music is not required.


Teaching staff

Dr Ian Chapman

Teaching Arrangements

Teaching consists of a mix of lectures, seminars and viewings. There is no final examination for this paper.


There are no essential textbooks required for this paper.

Course outline

Contact the School of Performing Arts for a copy of the most recent course outline.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
  • By the end of this paper, students will demonstrate an ability to analsyse and discuss how and why David Bowie has made such an impact upon popular culture
  • Studying Bowie to any depth requires methodological flexibility, and through this broad approach students will acquire and develop critical thinking skills across discipines
  • Particularly during the preparation of the major essay, students will further develop their research skills when locating and identifying information appropriate to their task

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41