This unit of study develops an understanding and exploration of music with reference to cultural, aesthetic, political and social dimensions. Students develop an appreciation of the cultural place and role of music through workshops, listening exercises and research activities forums.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA  must complete at least 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of an Arts Major before undertaking any Level 3 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise, interpret and analyse the major aspects of human musical activity in Australia and throughout the world;  
  2. Develop a vocabulary and critical listening skills that will enable them to discuss music from an informed critical framework;  
  3. Articulate the ways in which music and identity are linked within social and cultural formations;  
  4. Analyse ways in which music has been connected historically to individual places, looking in particular at how this connection is expressed in musical terms and techniques; and  
  5. Evaluate and apply a range of musicological research methods.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay plan 10%
Review Literature review 30%
Essay Essay 40%
Presentation Individual Presentation 20%

Required reading

The popular music studies reader,
Bennet, A, Shank, B, Toynbee, J 2008,
New York: Routledge.

Additional readings will be provided via VU Collaborate.

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