MUSC3334 Soundscapes of Australia

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
By embracing approaches from musicology, ethnomusicology and cultural history, this unit investigates some of the ways in which composers and performers have attempted to convey a sense of 'Australia' through musical means. Issues of national identity and belonging are integral concerns of the unit, with Indigenous responses to place examined alongside music from the Western instrumental, vocal, theatrical and media repertories. By drawing upon the work of many significant composers, including Percy Grainger, John Antill and Peter Sculthorpe, as well as examples specific to Indigenous, folk and popular genres, the unit aims to highlight the diversity of music inspired by the sights and sounds of Australia.

This is an elective unit in the Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate broad perspectives of the development of music inspired by the sights and sounds of Australia; (2) articulate, in verbal and written forms, information pertaining to specific musical case studies examined as part of the unit, and situate these within wider social, cultural and political contexts; and (3) devise, conduct and write up a research project focusing on a specific Australian composer or genre of 'Australian' music (e.g. Indigenous, folk or popular).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar participation; (2) a research essay; and (3) a written examination. 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 David Symons
Unit rules
any Level 2 MUSC unit
MUSC3130 Australian Art Music Since Federation
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
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