MUSC 248

Popular Music Perspectives

Critical study of select popular music traditions, integrating topical case studies and interdisciplinary discussion of related scholarly issues. Trimester 3, 2016 offering: This course is a critical study of hip-hop music from its roots in twentieth-century urban African-American experience to its current place as a global cultural phenomenon. We will balance historical perspectives on the music’s first forty years with issue-, site-, and performer-based case studies. These will include, in the first instance, representations of gender and sexuality, class, and identity; in the second, comparative examinations of hip-hop cultures in the US, in Aotearoa New Zealand. and elsewhere; and in the third, study of seminal hip-hop artists and records ranging from Wild Style to Wu-Tang, Jungle Brothers to Jay-Z. 100% internal assessment. assessment.Co-delivered with MUSC 343.

Taught by the School of New Zealand School of Music, part of the Faculty of New Zealand School of Music

20 points

40 100-level points;
MUSC 349, MUSC 343 in 2016

Tuition fees


CRN 25169

Trimester 3

Teaching dates 14th November 2016 - 25th December 2016

  1. Monday
    13:00 - 14:30
    School of Music Music209
  2. Tuesday
    13:00 - 14:30
    School of Music Music209
  3. Wednesday
    13:00 - 14:30
    School of Music Music209
  4. Thursday
    13:00 - 14:30
    School of Music Music209