The Social Life of Music

Course code SOCA3177Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the place of music in the relation between culture, technology and the environment. A cross-cultural study from an historical anthropological perspective, taking account of globalization and its effects on indigenous production and use of music in various societies. Does not require students to have a knowledge of conventional music theory.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be expected to demonstrate:

1. An understanding of anthropological theories of the relation of music to culture.
2. The ability to critically analyze theoretical and ethnographic contributions to the understanding of the role of music in society, particular in traditional societies.
3. The ability to apply relevant analytical models to contemporary issues.
4. Competence in scholarship, essay construction and academic argument appropriate to graduation at Bachelor level.
Content* An examination of the commercialization of music in Western societies, using case studies from the early 20th century to the present.
* An examination of the role of music in some traditional (non-western) societies, in the context of social/political relations and local cosmology.
* An examination of the impact of western musical influences on the music of some non-western societies.
* An examination of the effects of globalization on the politics of music production and use.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces HUMA3177 The Social Life of Music
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3177 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay, 1500 words (30%)
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay, 1500 words (30%)
Examination: FormalExam, 3 hours (40%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term