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Area/Catalogue
HUMS 2046

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Course Level
Undergraduate

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Offered Externally
No

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Course ID
166861

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Unit Value
4.5

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University-wide elective course
Yes

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Timetable/s

This class has not been
timetabled for year 2020.

Course owner

Course owner
School of Creative Industries

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.

Textbook(s)

Nil

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of first year courses in MBAA

Corequisite(s)

Nil

Teaching method

Component Duration
INTERNAL, MAGILL
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.


Assessment

Task Length Weighting Duration
INTERNAL, MAGILL
Annotated bibliography 900 words 20% N/A
Research paper 1800 words 40% N/A
Critical analysis 1800 words (equivalent) 40% N/A

Fees

EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 1)
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation

Course Coordinators

School of Creative Industries

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