ANTHRO 106/106G : Global Sound Cultures: Musics, Places and People


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines a wide range of sound and music cultures, from popular transnational mediations to locally produced, community-based traditions. Considers the ways that music takes on meaning, represents identities and places, and interacts with the world. Traces the historical/economic processes by which music cultures emerge and are sustained (or not). Explores the emotional and economic roles that music plays in lives of musicians, composers and listeners. Using theories from ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology and cultural studies we show how music is affected by and reflects social change, colonisation and indigeneity, technology and local/global economic processes.

Course Overview

Highlight the importance of exploring music from a global perspective and introduce Ethnomusicology
Approach a broad diversity of musics looking at  technology, distribution, production, and reception 
Communicate current research-based understandings of global music styles from a range of theoretical, methodological and historical perspectives
Assist students in the further development of key skills which include reading, writing and critical thinking
Introduce students to contemporary social theory approaches, such as CRT, Queer studies, diaspora and transnationalism, indigenous studies, political economy, and decolonisation, by applying these to something students interact with in their everyday lives
Enhance students’ understandings of the ubiquitous social, economic and artistic phenomenon that is music and stimulate interest in the field of study

At the completion of the course students are expected to:
Demonstrate an understanding of some of the styles, genres, and impact of global sounds cultures approached in the course
Be able to apply theoretical perspectives to music styles explored in the course
Be familiar with some of the key research and academic writing on global music trends, styles and interfaces
Demonstrate skills in reading, note-taking, critical thinking and writing at the appropriate level

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse selected musics and music cultures (Capability 2.1)
  2. Understand and apply contemporary social theory to global music styles (Capability 2.1)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the complex processes around global music trends and communities (Capability 1.1)
  4. Develop academic reading, critical thinking and writing skills, applied to music (Capability 4.1)
  5. Explore the role of various types of music in identity formation, activism, community, nation, and social justice (Capability 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 20% Individual Coursework
Project 20% Individual Coursework
Tutorials 10% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination

Next offered

Semester 2, 2023

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

weekly for this course, you can expect: 2 hours of lectures, a 1 hour tutorial, and 5-7 hours of reading, thinking about the content, working on coursework

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is available for delivery to students studying remotely outside NZ in 2022.

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

On campus:

Attendance is encouraged at lectures and tutorials. However lectures will also be available as recordings.

The course will include online tutorials if necessary due to COVID.

Attendance on campus is required for the exam unless further notified or special circumstances (i.e. overseas, COVID, people with disabilities)

The activities for the course (lectures and tutorials) are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is required at scheduled online activities including tutorials to complete the course.

Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.

Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.

This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

This is essentially a brand new course which combines the focus, direction and topics of previous iterations of Anthro 106/106G (previously called Issues and History in Popular Music) and ANTHRO 103 (Musics of the World in Everyday Life)

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 02/11/2021 03:58 p.m.