Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Dr Paul Williamson



  • Term 3 2016 (Flexible)


Non-Bachelor of Music students will be required to audition, submit a folio of compositions or written work according to course requirements prior to enrolment.


This unit introduces students to the study of music in different cultural contexts. Culturally-specific approaches to performance, composition, music technology and ethnomusicology/musicology will be investigated in their environments. The focus of the unit will be a reflective approach to the integration of diverse traditions of music into individual creative and research activity. Courses are offered subject to availability and may be stream-specific.


On completion of this unit, students well be able to

  1. Understand the practice of music in diverse historical/social/cultural contexts.
  2. Evaluate practical and theoretical approaches to music performance, composition and research.
  3. Apply this knowledge to their personal music practice.


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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.