This unit of study develops an understanding and exploration of music with reference to cultural, aesthetic, political and social dimensions. Students develop an appreciation of the cultural place and role of music through lectures, listening exercises and discussion forums.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA  must complete at least 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of an Arts Major before undertaking any Level 3 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise, interpret and summarise the scope of human musical activity in Australia and throughout the world;  
  2. Develop a vocabulary and critical listening skills that will enable them to discuss music from an informed critical framework;  
  3. Articulate the ways in which music and identity are linked within social and cultural formations;  
  4. Analyse ways in which popular music has been connected historically to individual places, looking in particular at how this connection has been tied to issues of identity, and how that connection has been expressed in musical terms; and  
  5. Evaluate a range of musicological research methods employed and the ways that this research can be documented.  


Assessment type Description Grade
ICT (Wiki, Web sites) Discussion forum (4 posts, total 500 words) 20%
Review Literature reviews (5 x 200 words each, total 1000 words) 30%
Essay Essay (1500 words) 50%

Required reading

The popular music studies reader,
Bennet, A, Shank, B, Toynbee, J 2008,
New York: Routledge.

Additional readings will be provided by the lecturer

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