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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Southcott


This unit deals with the research that informs the formulation of policy and practice in music education. Module 1 examines the historical development and philosophical bases of school music education and current trends in arts and music education policy. In Module 2 students will consider the implications of sociological understandings of music education policy and practice.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of current arts education policy and the position of music education in Australian schools;
  • appreciate the historical and philosophical influences that have shaped music education policy and practice in Australia; and
  • compare and evaluate alternative approaches to school music education from systems outside Australia.


Module 1: Essay 4,000 words 50%. Module 2: Essay 4,000 words 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jane Southcott

Off-campus attendance requirements

24 hours per week, covering reading of distance materials, undertaking web-based research, completion of exercises, and preparation of assessment tasks.