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


Mr David Chisholm; Associate Professor Thomas Reiner



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit will cover critical theory related to compositional technique. Topics and approaches covered may include musical time and space, neo-structuralism, music of the environment, music semiotics and hermeneutics of the subject.


Upon completion of the unit, student are able to:

  1. Demonstrate the relationship between contemporary thought and musical expression;
  2. Analyse musical content in terms of critical theory and modern hermeneutics.


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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Chief examiner(s)

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


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.