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    A critical study of the global phenomenon of popular music.

    This paper examines how popular music is consumed and produced around the globe. While world music flows through different routes and has distinct meanings in each of its contexts, a critical examination of the place of its consumption can help us understand the reasons why such music is so often found out of its original context.

    Major themes to be covered include the global music industry, world music as a genre and how music is used to represent cultures. This paper is in the cultural studies strand of Music papers and builds on the ideas introduced in MUSI 103 Music in Popular Culture and MUSI 104 Music in World Cultures.

    About this paper

    Paper title Popular Music 3
    Subject Music
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    36 200-level points
    MUSI 269
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Michael Holland

    Teaching Staff: Dr Michael Holland

    Alison Blair

    David Harrison

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers global popular music in a cultural context.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Two 1-hour lectures per week.

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    Course outline

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

    Students who successfully complete the paper will:

    • Develop a critical understanding of music and globalisation
    • Gain a familiarity of historical development of the global music industry
    • Gain an understanding of pertinent theories and concepts relevant to popular music globally
    • Develop an understanding of globalised and localised music cultures
    • Gain the ability to identify diverse popular music
    • Develop an ability to analyse diverse popular music in different cultural settings


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
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