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Musics of the World (MUSI20125)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20125
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended 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

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

Last updated: 16 August 2017