ATS3821 - Critical perspectives on new musical works - 2017

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

Not offered in 2017


This unit examines the relationship between contemporary thought and new musical works. The unit discusses and evaluates selected critical theories, concepts and vocabularies and how they can be applied to music composition technique. Topics may include musical time and space, neo-structuralism, music of the environment, music semiotics and hermeneutics of the subject.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and discuss the relationships between contemporary thought and new musical works;
  2. evaluate and apply critical theory to the analysis of new musical works;
  3. demonstrate academic research, writing and oral communication skills.


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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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.