Teaching

In Trimester 2 of 2021 I teach two lectures at Victoria University of Wellington:

 

POLS365 Special Topic: Politics and Music

Entertainment forms of political communication such as music are very often neglected in research of political communication, although 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 have acted as politicians. This course examines the various interactions between music and politics. It analyses how music can contribute to our understanding of political thought and action, but also how it can affect people’s political perceptions, attitudes and behavior.

Students who pass this course should be able to:

  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


POLS232 Citizen Politics: Public Opinion and Elections (co-taught w/ Jack Vowles)

This course will focus on public opinion and voting behavior. It introduces students to people’s opinions on various policies and how that relates to their party preferences.

Students who pass this course should be able to:

            1. Analyze and apply the literature and theories regarding public opinion and voting behavior.
            2. Understand and evaluate the key concepts associated with public opinion and voting behavior.
            3. Interpret empirical evidence related to public opinion and voting behavior.