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Words and Music : Song Across Cultures - MUSC2648

Year - 2020

This unit will teach students how to analyse the structure of song in diverse cultures drawing on both language and musical perspectives. Songs play many different roles in cultures. For example, they can be a form of entertainment, a tool to influence the world and transmit knowledge; and an expression of religion, identity and a national culture. This unit will engage students with the question of why people sing. It will consider the impact of literacy and the notion of the 'professional' singer/composer, which are absent in many societies.

1 x 1hr lecture/week, 1 x 1hr tutorial/week

1 x presentation (15%), 1 x 2000wd assignment (35%), 1 x3000wd essay (50%)

Assumed knowledge
Students enrolling in this unit of study must previously have completed 48 junior credit points, or have the permission of the coordinator


Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: Arts Music
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Intermediate
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: Myfany Turpin
HECS Band: 1
Courses that offer this unit

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