Faculty of Arts


Popular Musics of the Pacific

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for ANTHRO 234.


The purpose of this course is to traverse and analyse contemporary musics produced in the Pacific region, applying critical questions of authenticity, tradition, modernisation, westernisation, identity, sovereignty and diaspora. We will look at various artists, genre, subgenre, musical techniques, modes of distribution and media transmissions.

The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive awareness and acknowledgment of popular musics in the Pacific region, while at the same time furnishing an opportunity to introduce students to academic literature on popular music with its incumbent themes of: transmission, culture, ethnicity, colonisation, globalisation, hybridisation, consumerism, postmodernism and feminism.

Course outcomes

  • Introduce the studying of Pacific popular musics from an academic perspective
  • Communicate research-based understandings of Pacific popular musics
  • Approach the academic writing on Pacific popular musics
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of key periods, styles and artists of Pacific popular musics
  • Elevate the intellectual and cultural prominence of Pacific popular musics by their inclusion in the academic curriculum and the application of academic theory to their study

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of some of the theory areas relating to Pacific popular musics
  • Be familiar with some of the various genre and historical periods of Pacific popular musics
  • Be able to apply theoretical perspectives to various genre and historical periods of Pacific popular musics
  • Demonstrate skills in reading, note-taking, critical thinking and writing at the appropriate level


Coursework + exam

Availability 2021

Not offered in 2021; planned for 2022




ANTHRO 234: 15.0 points


30 points passed

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