ATS3824 - Popular music and society - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Adrian McNeil


Dr Adrian McNeil

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


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 may 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 completion of the unit, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate research skills by conducting an ethnographic project.
  2. Understand how selected scholars theorise and approach the relationship between popular music and society.


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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