Rock Music: From Roots to Retro

Subject MUSI10219 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

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

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Ken Murray


Subject Overview:

This subject explores a range of rock music, from its roots in American music styles of the mid-twentieth century to the emergence of rock and proliferation of hybrid genres in the 1960s and 1970s. It will also examine subsequent developments like punk, heavy metal and grunge, and more recent recasting of rock idioms. The aesthetic foundations of rock music and culture will be analysed, as well as the music's creation, performance and modes of consumption.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Recognise (from audio and audio-visual sources) and contextualise different styles of rock music.
  • Discuss critically the creation and consumption of rock music in the twentieth century.
  • Undertake scholarly work using bibliographic tools.
  • Four online quizzes to be held throughout the semester, Weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 (40%)
  • 1500 word essay, due in Week 10 (40%)
  • 40 minute Listening Test, in the Week 12 lecture (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 potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • A capacity for independent critical thought.
  • An openess to new ideas.
  • Knowledge, skills and practices which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Performance/ Composition/ Musicology/ Ethnomusicology Specialisation (B-MUS Version 5 only)

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