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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Dr Jonathan McIntosh



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Popular music, namely, music that appeals to large audiences and which is disseminated via mass media, is an increasingly global phenomenon. From rock to reggae, hip-hop to Afro-pop, this unit introduces students to select popular musics from around the world, while also exploring basic research principles of ethnomusicology and popular music scholarship. The unit is open to all students with an interest in music. No prior musical experience required.


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

  1. analyse scholarly sources pertinent to popular music research;
  2. undertake critical reading exercises;
  3. situate select popular musics within specific historical, social, cultural, political, philosophical, economic, spiritual and/or religious contexts.


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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