Musics of the World

Subject MUSI40076 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours, comprising one 90-minute lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Graeme Counsel


Subject Overview:

The subject provides an introduction to understanding and learning about music in the non western world. It introduces some specific music cultures - for example, from North and Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe, West Africa and Indigenous Australia – in their traditional and contemporary contexts. The effects on music of globalisation including diaspora, cultural tourism, cyberspace and westernisation are incorporated into the case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  • an ability to listen to and appreciate music of different cultures
  • an informed understanding of the sociocultural contexts and the sound structures of different musical cultures
  • a specialized vocabulary for describing both the fundamentals of music and their manifestations in specific non western cultures
  • an ability to pursue knowledge about different musical cultures independently
  • an understanding of the role of music in the lives of people outside the western art music traditions
  • Participation and contribution to tutorials (10%)
  • Two Concert Reports of 500 words each, due in weeks 6 and 12 (20% - 10% each)
  • Two tutorial assignments of 750 words each, due in weeks 4 and 8 (30% - 15% each)
  • A 2500 word essay due during the examination period (40%).
Prescribed Texts:

All reading and listening for this subject is available through the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • a capacity for independent critical thought about music from any time or place
  • an openness to new ideas about what music is
  • knowledge and skills which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing about music
  • an informed understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Performance Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Tailored Program (BH-MUS)

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