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