Summer School 2020 General Education Courses

Take a music, dance or fine arts Gen Ed course during Summer School!

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Students studying a number of different degrees at the University of Auckland are welcome to enrol into these Gen Ed courses. No previous knowledge of music, dance or fine arts is required. To see if the courses below are available to you, please check the Gen Ed course schedules.

Have questions? Please contact our Student Centre.

MUS 144G | Turning-Points in Western Music

This course provides unique insights into the ‘big bangs’ of music history, leaving you with a strong understanding of music’s evolution over the years and a sense of its future. A 15-point paper, you can expect a study of the key agents of change in Western music, in terms of people, discoveries and inventions, as well as the artistic, intellectual and social influences. 

MUS 149 / 149G | From Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

An introduction to New Zealand popular music from the 1950s to today. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored. 

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DANCE 101G | Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

This course aims to develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts processes. You will experience both theoretical and practical classes, which focus on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, play, communication and choreography.

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FINEARTS 210G | Understanding Contemporary Visual Arts Practice

How does the contemporary art world work? This course presents perspectives on contemporary artistic practices, milieu, and institutions. The course involves active exploration of the local art scene. This includes visits to galleries, and guest presentations from artists, curators, gallerists and critics. The overarching premise for this paper is there are many contemporary art "worlds" (not just a single "art world"), and we will explore the many practices and spaces that constitute these.