Contemp Popular Music: Cult Prod & Use

Course code CMNS2350Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Maps the social, cultural, communication and media theories applicable to the study of popular music. Also examines the debates surrounding these theoretical positions and the issues that arise from the relationship of popular music to the media such as its relationship to radio, film, television and other social and cultural institutions.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course will:
1. encourage students to appreciate the complexity of popular music as one of society's most ubiquitous creators and conveyors of values, beliefs and attitudes and a multi-billion dollar a year industry;
2. equip students to apply the insights of communication theories to popular music in particular, and popular cultural forms of artistic expression in general, which impact profoundly on how they construct and carry on their social and cultural lives as individuals and groups;
3. understand the functions and uses of popular music as media content, as a site of mediation for power relations and regimes of truth;
4. enhance the understanding of a particular form of media content and its relationship to the macro framework of culture and society as well as examine and analyse the issues that arise from popular music.
Content1. Popular Music as Cultural Production.
2. Popular Music as a Mass Consumption Culture Industry.
3. History of Popular Music.
4. The Domain of Popular Music.
5. The State, Education and Popular Music.
6. Popular Music Industry and Technology.
7. Popular Musics Relationship to Media.
8. Decoding Popular Music: Audience, Authenticity and Fandom.
9. The Individual at the Centre of the System: Composers and Performers.
9. Issues in Popular Music.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Presentations - Tutorial
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS2350