The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


The course discusses the many roles and functions of a musician within a cultural, historical and social context. The course brings together readings from different disciplines including sociology, music history and anthropology. The musician is discussed in relation to social and cultural aspects such as demographics, audiences, identity and mythology.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of changing cultural contexts of the musician

2. Analyse the situations within which a musician operates

3. Communicate their understanding within diverse contexts


The course includes the nineteenth-century professional musician, popular music and fandom, world music with a focus on African, Indian and Australian Indigenous music and the twenty-first-century century DJ and producer.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Annotated Bibliography: Research Bibliography

Written Assignment: Musician Profile Research Assigment