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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

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) explain the 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 (5) illustrate the ways in which music and cultural industries have been informed, modelled and shaped by globalisation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial activities; (2) a research project; and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ashley Smith
Unit rules
Any Level 2 unit
MUSC3010 Popular Music and Culture
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 1 hour per fortnight
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.