MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adam Pinto
Unit rules
MUSC1310 Communication Skills in Music
Contact hours
workshop and tutorials: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.