Faculty of Arts


Popular Music on Screens

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for MEDIA 218.


The course explores the relationships between popular music and visual media, including film, television and social media. The course analyses textual forms (e.g., documentaries, feature films, music videos). It considers the production, circulation and social meaning of these texts which are embedded in debates about popular culture and power relations, particularly those marked by class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity. We consider the sounds, looks and feelings associated with musical styles and cultures. We focus on musicians, fans, songs, genres, dance and the representation of music technologies on media screens of various kinds. The course engages with a range of theories, methods and approaches to music and screen media, including those in the fields of popular music studies, sound studies, film studies, television studies, (new) media studies, communication studies and cultural studies.

Learning outcomes:

You will develop skills for the analysis of sound and image in a range of audiovisual forms, media spaces, industries and experiences. You will enhance your knowledge of media studies and its related fields. You will conduct independent research projects, and produce formal academic and more journalistic writing on relevant topics of your choice (not only the required course texts). You will have opportunities to improve your presentation skills and collaborate in the exchange of ideas during group exercises and workshops on research ideas and writing in progress in tutorials.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Nabeel Zuberi


MEDIA 218: 15.0 points


15 points from COMMS 100, 104, FTVMS 100, 101, 110, MEDIA 101 and 45 points in BA courses


FTVMS 218, FTVMS 323, MEDIA 323

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