Music and Identity in World Music Cultures

Examines music’s role in the construction and reinforcement of identity. Considers a range of culturally constructed concepts including class, gender and ethnicity; also considers the impact of mass mediated sound and unique nature of music in the cultural diaspora. Examples and case studies range from the ritual musics of Africa and the classical music of South Asia to East Asian pop.

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Course outline

This course examines the role of music in the construction and reinforcement of identities. It considers a range of culturally constructed concepts including class, gender and ethnicity; it also considers the impact of mass mediated sound and the unique nature of music in the context of cultural diaspora. Examples and case studies are drawn from the ritual musics of Africa, the classical music of South Asia and Europe, as well as East Asian pop.

Learning outcomes

This course offers students the opportunity to be exposed to various world music scenes and to perceive them as signs of communication that need to be understood within particular cultural contexts and time. Studying selected theories, methods and perspectives in the study of music and identities, students learn to think and write critically, and verbally express their ideas through participating in classroom and tutorial discussions. By completing course assignments, students are guided to understand the relationships between music, society and human behaviours and reflect themselves as to who they are and how culturally they are constructed.

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.

Details

  • 12 weeks, 2 March - 2 June, Monday (12-2pm) and Tuesday (12-1pm)
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Sunhee Koo

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