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Unit Overview


The 1960s witnessed the emergence of genres, styles, composers and performers that changed the western musical landscape. In this unit, students explore some of the important figures, music, and events that defined this decade. Through a series of case studies drawn from a variety of genres and styles, students examine key musical developments, as well as investigate the ways in which music contributed and responded to social and cultural upheavals, and the important role music played in the forging of personal and political identities. Examples of topics of study may include repertoire drawn from European modernism, American and British experimentalism, Jazz, and popular music.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music and Society major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies; Music General Studies; Music; Contemporary Popular Music major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how western music in various genres developed during the 1960s; (2) identify and analyse musical characteristics in repertoire drawn from a variety of genres significant in the 1960s; (3) analyse music within the social, cultural and political context of the 1960s; (4) develop proficient organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills through active participation in lecture/seminar activities; and (5) demonstrate comprehensive research skills by conducting an independent research project and writing a research essay.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) journal; and (3) research portfolio. 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
any level 2 unit (this unit does not require any technical music literacy)
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours
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  • 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.