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ATS1343: Popular music in global perspective

Faculty of Arts

Popular music in global perspective

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Popular music, namely, music that appeals to large audiences and which is disseminated via mass media, is an increasingly global phenomenon. From rock to reggae, hip-hop to Afro-pop, this unit introduces students to select popular musics from around the world, while also exploring basic research principles of ethnomusicology and popular music scholarship. The unit is open to all students with an interest in music. No prior musical experience required.


1 - Online quizzes - 30% 2 - Guided reading activity assessment - 10% 3 - Coursework essay - 30% 4 - Popular Music Exposition - 30%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.