HUMS 2046


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course


This class has not been
timetabled for year 2024.

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Creative

Course aim

To provide students with the opportunity to examine critically from a cultural studies perspective, the role and significance of contemporary popular music as an expression and a vehicle of popular culture, identity and cultural belonging.

Course content

From a Cultural Studies perspective, this course examines the meanings that have been attached to popular music in everyday life. As a cultural phenomenon, pop music provides important insights into personal, group, national and local/global identities. Across the course we will examine the impact and interplay of new technologies, socio-political change and styles of marketing and distribution among the particular genres of popular music in Australia and international contexts.

Using a range of case studies and contemporary scholarship, the course will explore popular music as a contested cultural site; as both a multinational global industry and a personal vehicle of rebellion. Through a range of cultural, industrial and policy lenses, the course will explore issues including: identity-making and artistic expression in relation to concepts of gender, class, ethnicity and resistance; transnational record companies versus independent home-grown labels and scenes; the reproduction of youth and subcultures; how popular music is represented through the media and online; the iconography of celebrity and production of fan cultures; censorship, local creative economies and cultural policy; the impact of new technologies on recording, performance and distribution; and pop music as an archive for generational memory and the ways music nostalgia is produced, represented and consumed.




Successful completion of first year courses in the major/sub-major in Cultural Studies in MBAA Bachelor of Arts or DBCI Bachelor of Creative Industries.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 1 hour x 10 weeks
Lecture (online) 1 hour x 2 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 10 weeks
Workshop 3 hours x 1 week

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Annotated bibliography, Critical analysis, Media task


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 4A)
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