ANTHRO 106G Issues and History in Popular Music

ANTHRO 106G | ARTS, BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2019 | City Campus | 15 points


This course covers popular music styles, artists, culture and issues such as hip hop, Bollywood, soul, rock ‘n’ 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 musical 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

Note: Bachelor of Music  and Bachelor of Music conjoint students can not use ANTHRO 106G to meet their General Education requirement. 

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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