Ragtime to Rap: Popular Music since 1900

Subject MUSI40093 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One x 1-hour lecture per week; One x 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of popular musical styles (from dance crazes to pop songs) that have had widespread impact over the past century. It will analyse aspects of the music’s creation, dissemination and modes of consumption, drawing on key cultural theories and recent scholarship.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • undertake scholarly work using bibliographic tools
  • discuss critically the creation and consumption of popular music in the twentieth century
  • recognise, analyse and contextualise (from audio and audio-visual sources) different styles of popular music
  • Five (5) tutorial assignments of 300 words each - Submitted throughout Semester (5 x 6% each: Total 30%)
  • A 2,500-word essay - End of Semester (50%)
  • A one-hour listening-based test - End of Semester (20%)
Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the start of semester

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should possess:

  • the ability to engage with new ideas and respond to them in a thoughtful, critical and personal way
  • the capacity to extend existing skills and practices, and apply them to research-based writing
  • an ability to examine and discuss popular music and its cultural contexts within an academic framework
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music (Degree with Honours)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects

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