MUSC3352 Music and Identity

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (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
This unit examines critical issues surrounding the study of music and identity. It focuses on the ways in which notions of identity are constructed and negotiated through music. What is the role of music in producing ethnic, regional, national, and even transnational identities? How does music contribute to our identities as sexual and gendered beings? What can we learn about the politics of performance in the construction of personal and collective identity? What role does music play in the issues of class? This unit explores these and related questions through a series of case studies. Examples will be drawn from a range of genres, historical periods, and geographic location. Unit topics may focus on one particular aspect of music and identity.
Students are able to (1) gain insights into various theoretical perspectives relating to music and identity; (2) reflect critically upon theories of music and identity within the field of historical musicology, popular music studies, and other related disciplines; (3) develop proficient organisational, interpersonal and presentation skills through active participation in lecture/seminar activities; and (4) demonstrate comprehensive research skills by conducting a qualitative research project and writing a research essay.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) a research essay; and (3) a portfolio. 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 Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
any Level 2 unit
MUSC3020 Music, Identity and Place
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 2 hours
  • 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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.