CULT233-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Popular Music in Context

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


An exploration of contemporary popular music styles from a range of genres, and their historical significance and wider contexts, including music for film and television, and the rise of music video.

The discipline of musicology explores the role of music in history, society, and culture.  At its broads, it includes all genres of music, and includes varied approaches to history, as well as exploring intersection of music and other topics (such as social and political change, revolution, and colonisation).

Topics covered in this course:
Early Rock'n' Roll
Race and popular music in the USA
The popular music industry: its history and modes of operation
The production, distribution, promotion and consumption of popular music
Popular music touring and its infrastructure
The British invasion
Progressive rock
Punk and post-punk
Glam and heavy metal
Dance music and rap
Fragmentation in popular music
Music videos, fashion and their relationship with popular music
Popular music production and producers
The symbiotic relationship between music and recording technology and popular music
The changing sociocultural status of popular musics

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will have developed:
*  A knowledge of topics in popular music including historical, historical groupings and schools, biographical, social, philosophical and technical aspects of popular music compositions, styles and the way the music industry grows and promotes popular music;
*  Music research techniques including use of music libraries and on-line databases;
*  Library research skills;
*  Literacy and tertiary study skills.


MUSA131 or 45 points from the BA Schedule


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 A7 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Fine Arts 122 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
*  25 hours writing review assignment
*  54 hours interview/research assignment
*  20 hours preparing for listening test

Course Coordinator

James Gardner


Reuben de Lautour and Justin DeHart


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work will be handwritten and submitted using standard word-processor software.  The School of Music has iMacs you are able to use which have all standard software required for this course.

You will be required to access our learning management system – LEARN – and to become familiar with its tools.  LEARN provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using LEARN, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

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.

All CULT233 Occurrences

  • CULT233-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018