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Unit Overview


In this unit students will be introduced to historical developments in musical style, aesthetics, and philosophy through the study of a series of turning points in music history. The unit will provide an overview of music's social, political, cultural and economic contexts throughout history, as well as exploring different approaches to music-historical study. Case studies will be drawn from different musical traditions and geographic locations, giving students a broad introductory survey of music's historical contexts and the musicological methods of investigating them.

In this unit, students will begin to develop their research and critical reading skills, and will receive instruction in academic writing and research ethics, referencing, using library resources, using evidence to construct and support arguments, and communicating ideas through clear and cohesive writing.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies; Music; Music and Society major sequences
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of key moments in music history; (2) demonstrate critical reading, thinking and communication skills in relation to music-specific subject matter; (3) relate knowledge of key musical developments to relevant cultural, historical, and political contexts; and (4) apply Chicago referencing style to original research.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written portfolio; (2) tests; and (3) participation. 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)
Dr Adam Pinto
Unit rules
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
Contact hours
workshop and tutorials: 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.