Music in Popular Culture

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music in Popular Culture

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • 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

    Studies in the role and function of music in popular culture in New Zealand and the world. (No prior musical knowledge required.)

    Popular music is a powerful contemporary phenomenon, but it is also part of a wider picture. Most of the songs we hear have been created within an international, globalised culture industry. They express cultural values and ideologies, and we use them as a way of finding our personal and social identity. In this paper we investigate theories of popular culture as they relate to music, analyse the many functions of popular music (including its role in film and television) and discuss the music industry. This paper includes a number of case studies through which these issues are explored.

    Learning Outcomes
    In this paper, students will:
    -Develop an understanding and appreciation of music in popular culture
    -Gain an understanding of the relevant theories and research methods in field of popular music studies
    -Gain an understanding of multiple disciplines that inform studies of popular music
    -Develop an understanding of the historical contexts through which popular music is produced and consumed
    -Increase self-confidence in the analysis and understanding of music in popular culture
    -Develop analytical skills that can be of use in wider application and throughout their degree programme

    MUSI 103 Course Reader

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