Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Williamson


This unit offers an introduction to research in the field of jazz history. Socio-cultural trends, significant historical events and key figures will be examined for their influences on the development of genres and movements in jazz, using critical readings of historical and biographical texts in conjunction with analyses of representative audio and score material.


On the successful completion of the unit, students will:

  1. Gain a chronological understanding of the significance of socio-cultural trends, major historical events and key figures to the development of jazz;
  2. Develop a solid foundation for further academic inquiry into jazz in sociological, biographical and historical contexts;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major genres, composers and works introduced in lectures.


Essay (2000 words): 40%
Written and listening examination: 40%
Class presentation: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Paul Watt

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week

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