Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


  1. 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 Music's Relationship to Media.
  8. Decoding Popular Music: Audience, Authenticity and Fandom.
  9. The Individual at the Centre of the System: Composers and Performers.
  10. Issues in Popular Music.

Assumed knowledge

60 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Exercise

Essay: Major Essay

In Term Test: Class Test