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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Graeme Smith


Previously coded MUS3390


The unit introduces students some issues in music sociology, and the ways in which people study and analyse the relationship between music and society. This will be approached by looking at types of performances and their contexts, the way musicians and their roles are formed in our society, the influence of social difference on music in our society, and the interactions of music and the music industry, looking at music as commodity and intellectual property.


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.


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