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MUSC2672: Australian Popular Music

The history of Australian popular music presents us with a long and complex heritage. It reflects, in its very constitution, the lives of those who create it and is underscored by the dynamic relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. This unit of study will explore the continuing experience and influence of a wide range of music made in Australia, from songlines to bush ballads and dance anthems, Countdown and Rage. We will examine hillbilly music of the 1930s, surf rock of the 60s, pub rock of the 70s, reggae, punk and indie rock of the 80s and 90s as well as the emergence of Australian dance music, hip hop and the multiplicity of styles and expressions that mark the contemporary music scene.

Code MUSC2672
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understandings of diverse forms of contemporary music and audiences, and how to analyse and write about them
  • LO2. reflect critically on your own music perception and that of your peers
  • LO3. apply research skills to present analysis of diverse forms of contemporary music.