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Critical Discourses in Music - MCGY5600

Year - 2020

This unit explores some of the most important theories on music and culture. It will introduce students to scholarly discourses and critical thinking potentially relevant to their own research. It will address questions such as what are we doing when we analyse music; how does our view of history shape our hearing and understanding; does music articulate collective human experience; etc. Topics covered include historiography, memory, musical analysis, semiotics, narrative theory, gender and sexuality, national identity, genre theory and hermeneutics.

1 x 2hr seminar/week

8 x summaries of readings (40%), 2 x critical evaluations of readings (20%), 1 x research essay (40%).

Assumed knowledge
Because of the difficulty of the material, fluency in written and spoken English is required, and general familiarity with academic discourse about Western Art Music will be assumed.


Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Musicology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr David Larkin
HECS Band: 1
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