Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Associate Professor Robert Burke



  • Summer semester A (starts November) 2017 (Flexible)



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 are able to:

  1. Understand key elements of a specific cultural context including unique approaches to a particular stream of music study;
  2. Reflect upon their own musical practices and develop insights into newly acquired cultural knowledge about music;
  3. Apply concepts they learned to a specific stream of music study.


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.

  • Additional requirements
  • This unit is taught intensively at Prato

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.