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    Case studies on the social life of music. From La Mer to Lamar and jazz to Jay-Z, featuring classical and rock with diverse styles and settings – birth, death, peace, war, sex, drugs, and the download store.

    About this paper

    Paper title Music Matters in Human Life
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    No prior musical knowledge required.

    Teaching staff

    Paper co-ordinator: Professor Henry Johnson

    Teaching Staff: Professor Henry Johnson
    Dr Ian Chapman


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Develop an in-depth appreciation of music in global cultural context.
    • Develop an understanding of the diverse uses, functions and meanings of music through the field of cultural musicology.
    • Acquire knowledge and skills in comprehending music through cultural analysis and by writing from a critical cultural perspective.
    • Gain culturally relevant knowledge of music in global context, including methods, theories and procedures relating to the field of cultural musicology.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


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