University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

MUSGEN 2003 - Music, Media & Contemporary Society II

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assumed Knowledge: Ability to play an instrument or read music is not required for this course
Incompatible: GENMUS 2005, GENMUS 3005, MUSGEN 3014
Assessment: Exam 1 (25%), Essay (40%), Exam 2 (35%)

This course examines the use and meaning of music in a range of media contexts in contemporary society. It draws on examples of music media such as audio recordings, feature films, animated cartoons, television shows and advertisements, video games, radio, and background music. Part of the focus of the course is on the interconnectedness of musical practices brought about through music-oriented technology. This may be seen especially in the general impact of recording technology on all forms of music-making and consumption, but also in the business and promotional practices associated with the global music industry, and in issues related to music copyright. Throughout the course, an emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to critically examine and discuss aspects of musical aesthetics, behaviour, function, and meaning.

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Postgraduate Coursework
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
20345 WR02 5 FULL 4 Mar - 8 Apr Friday 9am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
29 Apr - 3 Jun Friday 9am - 12pm MyUni, OL, Online Class