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Unit Overview


This unit investigates the social and intellectual facets of music's composition, performance and reception, and how these contribute to musical meaning. Students will explore the musical impact of ideas about identity, place, human nature, politics, sexuality and social justice, as well as concepts of time and being. This unit acts as a capstone unit for the music history sequence. It will allow students to consolidate knowledge from previous units in broad conceptual terms, and consolidate research skills developed progressively throughout the degree

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

Students are able to (1) identify and describe key concepts related to the study of music, society and ideas; (2) apply conceptual knowledge to the interpretation of musical meaning and contexts; and (3) demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading and research, independent thought and communication.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio and (2) tests. 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 Sarah Collins
Unit rules
any level 2 unit
MUSC3331 Western Art Music 3 (Modernist and Postmodernist)
Advisable prior study
MUSC1340 Musical Revolutions.
MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening (ID 7092).
MUSC2342 Music in Action preferred but not mandatory.
Students must have some musical literacy to complete this unit.
If clarification is required, please contact the Unit Coordinator.
Contact hours
seminars and tutorials: 2 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.