Course Title: DJs, Digital Rhythms and Dance Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: DJs, Digital Rhythms and Dance Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Mike Callander

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email teacher

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the technological, social, cultural and historical frameworks that have produced contemporary electronic dance music and DJ culture. You will develop the practical skills that underpin the art of DJing, and you will investigate the various styles and genres that are central to dance music. Through a combination of hands-on practical work and theoretical analysis, you will develop an awareness of the techniques, practices and philosophies that have informed the progression of club-based music and culture, and have made DJing a key aspect of the contemporary global popular music industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Examine and interpret the history of electronic music, DJ culture and club culture.
  • Identify and implement the skills and techniques of DJing.
  • Analyse and evaluate the sociological and cultural impetus of electronic music styles and subcultures.
  • Compare and contrast styles and genres of popular music related to DJ culture.

This is an elective, which will complement the capabilities you are developing in your program.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Music Industry students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Beatmatching Exercise (Individual) 20% Linked CLOs: 2,4

Assessment Task 2: Electronic Dance Music and Rationale (Individual) 40% Linked CLOs: 1,3,4

Assessment Task 3: DJ Performance (Individual) 40% Linked CLOs: 2,4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.