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MUSI369 Popular Music 3

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.

Paper title Popular Music 3
Paper code MUSI369
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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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: Professor Henry Johnson
Teaching Staff: Dr Ian Chapman
Dr Michael Holland
Mr 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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system