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Unit Overview


Musicology students develop skills in research-based activities of writing and practice, and are introduced to a range of different ways of critically thinking about music from cultural, historical and theoretical perspectives. Students undertake a supervised individual research project on a topic of their choice, develop a portfolio of scholarly work, and participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatorium through collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that develop skills in communication.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Music major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced knowledge of music's social, historical, political and philosophical contexts; (2) evaluate sources and concepts related to music; (3) formulate original and creative modes of thinking and communicating about music, suitable for a range of audiences and supported by scholarly practices; (4) demonstrate individual initiative and the capacity to undertake high-level modes of critical enquiry; and (5) work collaboratively and in interdisciplinary contexts.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research portfolio; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) participation in concert and weekly workshop. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the research portfolio component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sarah Collins
Unit rules
MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4
and MUSC2591 Music Large Ensemble 3
and MUSC2520 Music Language 3 and a mark of at least 60% in either
MUSC2341 Music and Practices of Listening
or MUSC2342 Music in Action
MUSC3591 Music Large Ensemble 5
MUSC3541 Principal Studies 5 MUSC3581 Principal Studies 5: Composition MUSC3585 Principal Studies 5: Performance MUSC3587 Principal Studies 5: Studio Teaching
Contact hours
individual/group lessons and/or supervision: 12 hours per semester

workshops: 20 hours per semester

collaborative music and music research projects: varies according to each project
  • 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.