Popular World Musics

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Popular World Musics

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Popular World Musics is a core course in the Bachelor of Popular Music, which is also available as an elective to eligible students enrolled in other degrees. The course reflects the Bachelor of Popular Music focus on the study of contemporary music in its socio-cultural context and as a form of social and inter-human communication. To this end, music from a range of regions in the world is studied both within its indigenous cultural context, and in its interaction with other regions, focusing particularly on its impact within the global world music market. In this way, world music is studied for the insights it can offer into cross-cultural communication and understanding. By studying non-Western traditional and contemporary musical styles and fusions, students develop.

    Course Introduction
    This course explores the links between the traditional and the popular in popular musics of a range of cultures. Through the case studies used to exemplify this, students also gain an understanding and appreciation of a range of popular styles from a broad cross-section of cultures. Lectures will therefore consist of discussion alongside multimedia examples. This course will be consist of weekly lectures/tutorials with readings and other material available on-line. Tutorials will focus on activities based on the course readings.

    Course Aims
    Within the context of a study of non-Western traditional and popular musical styles and fusions, this course will provide students with an understanding of popular and contemporary music from a range of cultures.

    This course is core to the Bachelor of Popular Music, and as such reflects the program's focus on the study of contemporary music in its socio-cultural context, and as a form of social and inter-human communication as well as offering an understanding of Popular Music production and consumption from a non-Western perspective. These same attributes make it just as valuable as a stand alone course, and it does not require any prior musical training.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate familiarity with the stylistic characteristics of traditional and contemporary music from a number of cultures around the globe.
    2 Understand some of the musical and social issues that are involved in the production and consumption of non-Western musics.
    3 Understand socio-cultural issues implicated in the production of music from non-Western cultures such as intellectual property and appropriation, ethnic identity, and globalisation
    4 Understand some of the roles of music within differing cultural and social contexts
    5 Appreciate and enjoy world music based on greater knowledge about its aesthetic and cultural qualities.
    6 Implement developed music research skills and demonstrate a broadening of the scope of research method

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.