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Music and Popular Culture: Asia (6 points)


Leader: Margaret Kartomi

Malaysia Second semester 2003 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The musical, social, political and commercial aspects of popular music and its development in Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Japan will be examined. The history and major categories of popular music are studied to discover how these styles have influenced each other and relate to the surrounding culture. The ways in which the 'business' of music affects musical style is a central issue in examining cultural trends.

Assessment: Written (2500 words): 40% + Examinations (2 hours): 40% + Listening tests: 20%

Contact Hours: 3 hours (1 hour lecture and 2 hour seminar) per week

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