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Unit Overview


This unit introduces students to legal and musicological approaches to examine the place and meaning of music and law in society and to challenge conventional beliefs about law through the lens of music. While law and music are usually understood as very different disciplines, this unit is an invitation to consider how studying one can usefully inform the other. We will, for instance, explore ways in which human interaction has been shaped in these two disciplines and study the impact of ideas related to codification, interpretation, performance and professionalisation. The focus of the unit lies on the development, structure and form of Western law and classical music. However, we will also contemplate other genres and pluralistic approaches that challenge conventional beliefs about law, including the common tendency to ignore its cultural, aesthetic and emotional dimensions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) describe different forms of interaction between law and music; (2) identify, explain and work with key concepts related to the study of law and music; (3) reflect critically and creatively on law and music as disciplines; and (4) produce scholarly work on a socio-legal issue through the lens of music.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) presentation; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Senior Lecturer Philipp Kastner
Unit rules
LAWS1110 Crime and Society (ID 1219)
and LAWS1111 Law, Conflict and Change (ID 1359)
and LAWS2227 Law in Action (ID 1259)
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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