ANTHRO 106G Issues and History in Popular Music

ANTHRO 106G | ARTS, BE, EDUSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2017 | City Campus | 15 points


This course covers popular music styles, artists, culture and issues such as hip hop, Bollywood, soul, rock ā€˜nā€™ roll, metal, punk, disco, EDM, technology, gender, mainstream vs underground, nationalism and identity.

The purpose of this course is to:

  • Examine the importance of studying Popular Music from an academic perspective
  • Acknowledge the history of Popular Music looking at key styles and periods
  • Introduce students to a range of American, British and Global styles
  • Communicate current understandings of Popular Music from a range of theoretical, methodological and historical perspectives
  • Help you develop key skills including reading, writing, and critical thinking
  • Get you to apply critical thinking to something with which you are familiar

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key decades and sub-genre of popular music
  • Apply theoretical perspectives of race, gender and power to genre and historical periods of popular music
  • Understand some of the key research and academic writing on popular music
  • Demonstrate skills in reading, note taking, critical thinking and writing at the appropriate level

Topics covered

  • Genre 
  • The music industry 
  • Popular music and gender 
  • Rock history 
  • Hip-hop 
  • Soul, funk and R&B 
  • Dance music 
  • Bollywood 
  • K-Pop 
  • African pop


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