Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan McIntosh


Highlighting the nexus between performers, audiences and the global music industry, this unit investigates the complex relationship between popular music and society, and the ways in which the two are inextricably linked. Possible topics explored in the unit include popular music and gender, genre, globalisation, performance analysis, reception and 'world music'. In addition, students develop research skills by undertaking an ethnographic project.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Understand how selected scholars theorise and approach the relationship between popular music and society;
  2. Apply theories and approaches pertaining to the study of popular music to musical situations and structures in our society and evaluate their relevance and usefulness;
  3. Demonstrate research skills by conducting an ethnographic project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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