MUSA233-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Popular Music in Context

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

Description

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 broadest, 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).

This course offers an exploration of contemporary popular music styles from a range of genres, and their historical significance and wider contexts, and an appreciation of music in applied and collaborative situations such as music for film and television, and the rise of music video.

Topics covered in this course include:  

• Race and Popular Music in the USA
• The Popular Music Industry: Its history and modes of operation
• Early Rock’n’Roll
• Motown
• The “British Invasion”
• Counterculture(s)
• Psychedelia and Progressive Rock
• Punk and Post-Punk
• Hip Hop
• EDM
• Indie and Alternative Rock
• Globalisation and localisation
• Music videos, fashion and their relationship with popular music
• Popular music production and producers
• The relationship between popular music and recording and music technologies
• The changing sociocultural status of popular musics

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

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

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Pre-requisites

MUSA131, or
60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the MusB or
Schedule V of the BA.

Restrictions

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 225 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Music 206 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Timetable Note

Two, one-hour lectures  
One, one-hour tutorial per week

Course Coordinator

James Gardner

Lecturers

Reuben de Lautour and Justin DeHart

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay (1500 words) 07 Aug 2020 20%
Review Assignment (1500 words) 11 Sep 2020 25%
Imaginary Interview / Research (2500 words) 02 Oct 2020 25%
Listening Test (50 minutes duration) 30% In Week 12

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,000.00

* 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 MUSA233 Occurrences

  • MUSA233-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020