Popular Music on Screens


We explore the relationships between popular music and visual media, including film, television and social media. We analyse audiovisual technologies and their textual forms e.g., documentaries, biopics, television shows, music videos, memes. We consider the production, circulation and social meaning of these texts and how they 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 emotions associated with music styles and cultures. We focus on musicians, fans, songs, genres and dance on screen.

The course engages with a range of theories, methods and approaches to music and screen media in new media studies and communication, film and television studies, popular music studies and sound 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 conduct independent research projects, and produce formal academic and more journalistic and/or creative assignments on relevant topics of your choice (not only the required course screenings). 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.

In terms of the University of Auckland’s Graduate Profile, you will develop the following capabilities: disciplinary knowledge and practice, critical thinking, communication and engagement, independence and integrity, and social responsibilities.


Coursework only

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for MEDIA 323

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Nabeel Zuberi


MEDIA 323: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Anthropology or Media and Screen Studies


FTVMS 218, FTVMS 323, MEDIA 218