Faculty of Arts


Music and Identity in World Music Cultures

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for ANTHRO 202.


This course examines the role of music in the construction and reinforcement of identities.  It considers a range of socially constructed concepts including race and gender. Political, national, religious, colonial and diaspora contexts are also considered in exploring music identity and expression. This course explores these social and cultural contexts in order to better understand identity through music. This course will examine a variety of questions dealing with social issues, power, and how they relate to identity by critically engaging with global musics and their respective societies and cultures. Examples and case studies are drawn from music’s from Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, the American continents and the Caribbean.


Learning outcomes

This course offers students the opportunity to be exposed to various global musics to develop skills of analysis in reading signs and symbols of communication, within particular cultural contexts and time. Studying selected theories, methods and perspectives in the study of music and identities, students learn to observe, think, engage, and write critically, as well as verbally express their ideas in a variety of contemporarily relevant mediums. By completing course assignments, students are guided to understand the relationships between music, society, culture, power, and human behaviours, while reflecting on their own cultural location and construction.



Coursework + quizzes + project

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Associate Professor Greg Booth
Daniel Hernandez


Coursework and Exam


ANTHRO 202: 15.0 points


30 points passed

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