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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Graeme Smith


This unit will introduce students to the Sociology of Music and Musical Aesthetics. The sociology section will examine the relationship between music and society through analysis of performance contexts, socialisation of musicians, interactions of music and social difference and the role of music and economic structures. The Aesthetics component will examine questions of musical meaning and the creation of aesthetic value.


Students successfully completing this subject will have developed:

  1. An understanding of the ways theories and approaches of the Sociology of Music have been applied to the analysis of performance situations, of the social roles of musicians, and of the economic and social structures within which music is produced
  2. An ability to apply these theories and approaches to musical situations and structures in our society and to evaluate their relevance and usefulness.
  3. An understanding of the major theories of musical meaning and aesthetic value which have emerged in both western and non-western musical cultures.


Assignments1 (1000 words): 30%
Assignment 2 (500 words): 15%
In-class tests (400 words): 10%
Final examination (2 hours): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Graeme Smith

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study