CULT150-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Music in Aotearoa New Zealand

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A broad-genre approach to the history of music in and of Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular emphasis on notions of identity in a bicultural society, musical identity, sound and place.

This course aims to offer a broad-genre approach to the history of music in and of Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular emphasis on socio-musicological developments since World War II, and the evolution of bicultural nationhood as expressed through our music-making. The course includes an exploration of concepts of cultural identity, musical identity, sound and place.

• The Māori world of music - traditional and contemporary
• Listening to and recognising music from Aotearoa including waiata and taonga pūoro
• Broken and retrieved/reinvented performing traditions
• Problematics of the museum in cultural preservation
• Key dates and events in New Zealand Aotearoa cultural formation
• Landscape and Nature
• Isolation
• Cultural meeting points
• NZ rap and hip-hop
• Performers and Composers working together in New Zealand
• Presenting NZ music to international audiences
• Kiwiana and Irony
• Short histories, small nations
• DIY and the Garden Shed
• Flying Nun and its position in NZ

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:

  • Knowledge of a broad range of New Zealand music including waiata and taonga pūoro, and contemporary Māori music;
  • Knowledge of music and musical artists of Aotearoa New Zealand across a range of genres and historical periods, and the ability to discuss some musical aspects of those works and relate them to the broader contexts of New Zealand culture and society;
  • Appreciation of the effects of colonisation and globalisation on cultural practices in Aotearoa New Zealand, and on notions of sound and place;
  • The ability to discuss and critique notions of ‘knowledge’ and ‘norms’ particularly as applied to understandings of New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, te tiriti o Aotearoa, and the place of music in cultural practice and beliefs;
  • Bicultural competence and confidence in relation to discussions and critiques of the music of Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures
• 12 hours attending tutorials
• 15 hours writing essay
• 20 hours preparing for listening test
• 25 hours writing review assignment
• 30 hours preparing and writing research assignment
• 24 hours self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Glenda Keam


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 20%
Review Assignment 25%
Listening Test 30%
Interview/Research Assignment 25%

There are four assessment items for this course.

The Listening Test will occur in the classroom; all other assessments are due by 12 pm on the specified dates, to be uploaded to the appropriate assignment drop box in LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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