Course Title: The Global Musician: 'world music' performance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Global Musician: 'world music' performance

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Shelley Brunt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3789

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop an appreciation and understanding of the role of musicians in a global music industry context.
Current issues relating to the role of the global musician include:
• The music genre, and broad classification system, referred to as ‘world music’
• The study of world music through the discipline of ethnomusicology
• The commodification of ‘world musics’
• Socio-economic factors of world music performance and recording practices

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You should develop the following program capabilities associated with the BA (Music Industry) program:
• analyse and evaluate music practices and theories in local, national and global communities and industry contexts;
• work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

 At the conclusion of PERF2058 you should be able to:
• relate world music practices to global and local music industry contexts
• discuss the socio-cultural impact of genres
• analyse the development of hybrid music genres
• approach the study of world music using an ethnomusicological perspective
• develop a critical understanding of music and globalization;
• recognise significant world music artists and events;
• develop an understanding of globalized and localized music cultures;
• gain the ability to identify world music genres.




Overview of Learning Activities

Weekly tutorials and lectures in internal mode supported by independent research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through Blackboard and the RMIT Library.
This course guide identifies two different types of reading:
1) Required reading: you must do this each week and bring copies to your tutorials.
2) Recommended reading: you should explore this list for assignments, or for topics you’re particularly interested in.

Overview of Assessment

1. Tutorial Participation
2. Research Essay
   a) Blackboard Quiz
   b) Essay
3. In-Class Test