Faculty of Arts


Music and Identity in World Music Cultures


This course examines the role of music in the construction and reinforcement of identities. It considers a range of culturally constructed concepts including class, gender and ethnicity; it also considers the impact of mass mediated sound and the unique nature of music in the context of cultural diaspora. Examples and case studies are drawn from the ritual musics of Africa, the classical music of South Asia and Europe, as well as East Asian pop.

Learning outcomes

This course offers students the opportunity to be exposed to various world music scenes and to perceive them as signs of communication that need to be understood within particular cultural contexts and time. Studying selected theories, methods and perspectives in the study of music and identities, students learn to think and write critically, and verbally express their ideas through participating in classroom and tutorial discussions. By completing course assignments, students are guided to understand the relationships between music, society and human behaviours and reflect themselves as to who they are and how culturally they are constructed.


Coursework + exam

Availability 2020

Semester 1


Coordinator(s)  Sunhee Koo


Coursework and Exam


ANTHRO 202: 15.0 points


30 points passed

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