Global Sound Cultures: Musics, Places and People

Examines a wide range of sound and music cultures, from popular transnational mediations to locally  produced, community-based traditions.

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Course outline

Examines a wide range of sound and music cultures, from popular transnational mediations to locally  produced, community-based traditions. Considers the ways that music takes on meaning, represents identities and places, and interacts with the world. Traces the historical/economic processes by which music cultures emerge and are sustained (or not). Explores the emotional and economic roles that music plays in lives of musicians, composers and listeners. Using theories from ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology and cultural studies we show how music is affected by and reflects social change, colonisation and indigeneity, technology and local/global economic processes.

Terms & Conditions

This programme gives you the opportunity to attend regular lectures in a selection of courses, alongside enrolled students as an observer. Please note that you are not eligible to attend tutorials, take part in assessments, sit for exams and will not have access to course material online.

You will be provided with a course outline to keep you up to date with the topics discussed in class every week. This is a no-stress learning opportunity.


  • 12 weeks, 18 July - 21 October 2022, Wednesday (3-5pm)
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Dr Kirsten Zemke