School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

This information is for the 2016 academic year. See information for MDIA 205 in 2015.

MDIA-205 – Popular Music Studies

Points:20Prerequisites:As for MDIA 201
Faculty:Humanities & Soc ScCorequisites:None
School:English, Film, Theatre, MediaRestrictions:None

A critical introduction to the study of popular music, with an emphasis on post-1950s rock and pop music and its subsequent genres. Topics covered include the international and New Zealand music industry; music scene, stars and authorship; audiences, subcultures, and fandom; textual and genre analysis; and music and cultural politics. 100% internal assessment.

Set Texts

Bennett, Andy, Barry Shank and Jason Toynbee, Ed. The Popular Music Studies Reader (Routledge, 2006).
Available from vicbooks, Ground Floor Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade.


1 hour per week tba.

This course is not currently being offered.

Course Outline Information

For FHSS and NZSM course outlines (current and previous years), please refer to the Course Outlines page on the FHSS website.