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
Organisational UnitSir Zelman Cowen School of Music
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan McIntosh


This unit explores how notions of identity and place are constructed and negotiated through music. What is the role of music in producing ethnic, regional, national and even transnational identities? What can we learn about the politics of musical performance in diasporic contexts? How does music contribute to our identities as sexual and gendered beings? How is music used as a focus for discursive evocations of place? These and other questions are explored through a series of case studies that include the critical analysis of readings, musical examples and ethnographic films.


Upon completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Outline selected theoretical perspectives relating to music, identity and place, and how these might pertain to analyses of music and music-related practices, including dance, theatre and ritual;
  2. Understand some of the ways in which musical practices may both reinforce and abrogate boundaries (for example, social, geographical, cultural, gender, and so forth); and,
  3. Demonstrate research skills by conducting a research project.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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