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MUI3012 Musical Contexts 3: Critical Perspectives

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Muse Contexts 3: Critical Pers
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100101 - Music
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: Melissa Forbes

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The 21st century musician is generally required to engage in a broad range of musical contexts in order to sustain a portfolio career. A knowledge of the social, cultural and ethical issues inherent in music will enable students to understand and critically engage with music from a broad range of perspectives.


This course is designed to introduce students to a range of critical perspectives through which to view music, and invites students to identify and critically examine the assumptions which underpin our understanding of the role of music in culture and society.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. research and evaluate a variety of critical perspectives through which to view music and its role in culture and society;
  2. interpret, communicate and present ideas about music from critical perspectives;
  3. recognise and reflect on the social, cultural and ethical issues present in narratives in and about music including its production, performance and consumption.


Description Weighting(%)
1. An introduction to musicology 10.00
2. Musical “canons” 10.00
3. Influence and appropriation - traditional music 10.00
4. Post-colonialism - Australian musical 10.00
5. The role of music in societies - spiritual beliefs, ceremonial arts, ritual, land and country 10.00
6. Feminist perspectives 10.00
7. Queer perspectives 10.00
8. Class - music as cultural capital 10.00
9. Music production and technology – globalization and DIY music making 10.00
10. Outsider music 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
As specified by the lecturer.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
REVIEW 1 100 20 14 Sep 2020
REVIEW 2 100 30 12 Oct 2020
ESSAY 100 50 26 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 19 September 2020