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Shaping the Global Soundcloud XBR213



From David Bowie to Bruno Mars, Eurovision to K-Pop, Afro to Hip-Hop, are more rapid and fluid forms of global connectivity shaping our cultural identity, or do we make culture, identity, and meaning somehow through popular music?

This unit explores our shared humanity through the themes of ethnicity, gender, and Australian identity, as they are expressed and framed by popular musics. It recognises that changing political and economic orders across the world are challenging previously taken-for-granted definitions of identity and narratives of meaning.

This unit makes use of online audio-visual artefacts, discussion, and interviews, alongside more traditional academic sources. A wide choice of assessment questions along with flexibility in assessment submission style (eg. video report, event pitch, briefing paper, blog, conference programme). These provide for maximum alignment of student interest and learning and assessment tasks. This unit develops creative literacy and analytical skills through a unique multidisciplinary form of global inquiry.


Unit name Shaping the Global Soundcloud
Unit code XBR213
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Music|Riawunna

Dr Seán Priest

Teaching staff

Dr Seán Priest

Dr Amanda J Harper

Ms Jodi Haines

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes from this Breadth Unit address elements of the University's Graduate Statement.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. [Sustainability] Explain how popular musics influence and respond to changing economic and socio-political dynamics and narratives of cultural identity.
  2. [Wellbeing] Interpret individual and collective narratives of identity, self, and meaning through contextualisation and consideration of popular musics.
  3. [Literacy] Identify, critically evaluate, and discuss modes of connectivity, communication, and interaction, within and across global and local cultures through the lens of popular music.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 099999

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There are three (3) themes in this unit: Ethnicity and popular music (30%), Gender and popular music (30%), and Australian identity and popular music (40%). Within each theme, there is a choice of assessment topics. You choose ONE topic from each theme.

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There is no single textbook required for this multi-disciplinary breadth unit. Required and recommended readings are identified within each module of study and will appear in MyLO.

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