In Trimester 2 of 2022 I teach one lecture at Victoria University of Wellington:

POLS365: Politics and Music

Entertainment forms of political communication such as (popular) music are very often neglected in research of political communication, although (popular) music has a long and varied association with politics. It has provided the soundtrack to political protest and been the object of political censorship; politicians have courted pop stars and pop stars like Bono of U2 have acted as politicians. This class will therefore examine the various interaction between (popular) music and politics, and how (popular) music can contribute to our understanding of political thought and action, but also critically reflect upon the effects of (popular) music on people’s political perceptions, attitudes and behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the use of music as an instrument of political commentary on policies, polities, politics or politicians
  2. Explain the use of music as an expression of political identity of (sub)cultures, race, sex, states, nations etc.
  3. Analyze the use of music as a tool of political mobilization with the purpose of generating political participation (voting, party/movement recruitment, protest)
  4. Critically reflect upon the use of music as an instrument of political power used to support (propaganda) and/or suppress (censorship) certain political ideas or groups
  5. Explain why musicians act as politicians or agents of change, raising awareness for certain political issues/causes/candidates