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Popular Music (RAD374)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Students will study the major streams of western popular music such as folk, country, blues, jazz, rock and roll, and hip hop, to discover the many ways in which these styles have influenced each other and the mainstream. The interweaving of popular music and its surrounding society and popular culture, the way the music business acts on and reacts to musical trends, technology's effect on popular music, and the evolution of the musical artist as branded product, will be explored.
Unit Learning Outcomes At the end of the unit you will have an understanding of the range of factors which influence the development of popular music, appreciate the influence of past musicians and musical movements on the development of subsequent styles and should be able to critically analyse contemporary popular music, as well as some of the commercial aspects of the music business.
ULO1. Demonstrate understanding the interrelatedness of commercial, technological and cultural factors with respect to popular music.
ULO2. Understand how music can be used to shape reactions to and feelings about places, products, eras
ULO3. Demonstrate a knowledge and application of the principles and theoretical perspectives and concepts of popular music
ULO4. Recognise that popular music study is broad and multi-disciplinary and impacts on, and is influenced by, other academic traditions, previous forms and genres
ULO5. Present information, articulating arguments and conclusions
ULO6. Communicate in written and oral form, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 1 hour per week (for 10 weeks); tutorials: 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of lecture/seminars and small class tutorials. Popular music can be examined in a number of different ways - as linear development, as a number of interrelated genres and subgenres, or as an intersection of culture, media and commerce targeted at a young audience. Assessment tasks may include class presentations, reviews of recorded music or live concerts, and examination. You will be encouraged to discuss your ideas about artists styles and genres to look at themes, commonalities and distinguishing features of a broad range of musical styles.
Assessment You will be assessed on the basis of a number of a range of assessment tasks: An in-class presentation and accompanying report. The presentations commence is week 4 and will be given in pair or small groups. The accompanying report will be submitted on the day of the presentation. A critical review of a live performance will be used to explore some of the concepts raised in the readings as they apply to the live music performance. A critical essay will further explore the readings of the unit applied to a specific aspect of popular music. A concepts test will be completed in class during the final teaching week of semester.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC274 Popular Music may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Leo Murray
Head of Discipline Creative Media, Arts and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2349
e: L.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Leo Murray
Head of Discipline Creative Media, Arts and Design

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2349
e: L.Murray@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.055 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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