Course Title: Music: Global Perspectives

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Music: Global Perspectives

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Shelley Brunt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3789

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of PERF2065 Music: Style and Genre.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT

Course Description

In this course you will examine the role of musicians in global music industry contexts. You will experience and explore musical traditions as both an aural and cultural phenomenon. Encountering a variety of world music (from folk to popular), you will examine how music is produced and consumed in the everyday lives of people from within a number of cultural and geographical regions. This course serves as an introduction to the discipline of ethnomusicology, and you will apply basic theory and methodologies of this discipline through your assessments. You will have opportunities during the semester to interact with guest lecturers representing their musical traditions from around the world.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within your discipline.
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice.

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

  • Relate world music practices to global and local music industry contexts.
  • Discuss the socio-cultural impact of genres, and analyse the development of hybrid music genres.
  • Apply an ethnomusicological perspective to world music topics.
  • Critically discuss music and globalisation.
  • Identify and analyse significant world music artists and events.

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 may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment