UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MUSC1350 Popular Music in Global Perspective

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content This unit introduces students to the study of popular music. More specifically, it aims to promote an understanding of popular music from a global perspective through the analysis of texts, technologies and audiences. Various musical case studies, western and non-western, from Rock to Hip Hop, Flamenco to Bollywood, are used to exemplify the discussions. This unit is a compulsory unit in the Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who have an interest in music. No prior musical experience is necessary for the unit.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) increase their understanding of music as a form of inter-human communication; (2) provide an interdisciplinary perspective on local, national and global music scenes, and describe the diverse meaning of music in a range of western and non-western contexts; (3) understand basic performance skills in one non-western musical tradition; (4) analyse the role of the global music industry/local industries in the diffusion, innovation and commercialisation of music, and explain the wider significance of cultural industries; and (5) illustrate the ways in which music and cultural industries have been informed, modelled and shaped by globalisation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar/workshop participation; (2) online quizz/es; (3) a research project based on field work; (4) a coursework essay; and (5) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Ashley Smith
Unit rules
Incompatibility: MUSC3010 Popular Music and Culture
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; workshops: 1 hour per fortnight
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/MUSC1350/SEM-2/2017

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