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MUI3012 Musical Contexts: Critical Perspectives

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Bruce Woodward


Today’s professional musician works increasingly across diverse local and global contexts. A knowledge of the social, cultural and ethical issues inherent in music enables students to critically engage with music from a broad range of perspectives. This course aims to develop students’ critical thinking skills, cultural capability, and written communication, with an emphasis on how these skills and knowledge apply to professional practice in music.

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 and problematize the assumptions which underpin our knowledge of the role of music in culture and society. A range of perspectives will be explored, with an emphasis on those which provide alternative views to the dominant paradigm of Western art music. Students will research and formally articulate critical and evidenced knowledges of various aspects of music within culture and society.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Analyse a variety of critical perspectives through which to view music and its role in culture and society (including alternative views to the dominant paradigm of Western art music) to develop critical thinking and written communication skills;examine ideas about music from critical perspectives to develop cultural capability;
  2. Reflect on the social, cultural and ethical issues present in narratives in and about music including its production, performance and consumption to situate their own professional practice within these contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Viewing music critically 40.00
2. How perspectives shape music and how music shapes perspectives 30.00
3. The role of music and musicians in culture and society 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Online forums No 20 1,2
Assignments Written Literature review No 30 1,2
Assignments Written Essay No 50 1,2
Date printed 27 June 2022