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Music and Politics (MUSI20204)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20204
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This subject examines the complex relationship between music and politics from a number of different perspectives, through a series of case studies and key moments in history, demonstrating that music never completely transcends politics but is deeply implicated in many forms of social action and control. It examines issues including the use (and abuse) of music by political regimes, the role of music in international diplomacy, and the function of music in social action and revolution. Students will gain interdisciplinary perspectives on research into studying music and politics, and develop skills to critique the ways in which music is used (or abused) for political motives or economic interests.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should have gained the ability to:

  • analyse the relationship between music, politics and social interaction from the perspectives of ethnomusicology, sociology, and history;
  • analyse and critique the affective uses of music in political processes;
  • evaluate the relationship between nation-states and their arts programs;
  • critically engage with literature in the field.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • a receptive attitude to new ideas;
  • the capacity for independent and critical reflection;
  • knowledge, skills and practices required for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing and presentation.

Last updated: 1 May 2019