Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines how music provides not only entertainment, but a common space for personal, social and political experiences. Students will explore the cultural roles of music and the music industry, and how music is interpreted and used by listeners in a variety of contexts.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the role of music in culture.

2. Debate the ideological assumptions of music culture.

3. Analyse the relationship between music and culture.

4. Interpret scholarly research on music and culture.


The course focuses on the relationship between music and culture. The course topics may include:

  • Music as culture
  • Music and media
  • Music styles and genres
  • Music subcultures
  • Music and technologies

Assumed knowledge

20 units of 1000 level courses

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online discussion participation (30%)

Written Assignment: Annotated playlist (30%)

Project: Research project (40%)

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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