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MCGY0000: Australian Indigenous Music

2024 unit information

In this unit of study students will learn how Australia is home to two distinct Indigenous cultural groups: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal people used song and dance to express their identity and pass on knowledge to successive generations. Several thousand years ago Torres Strait Islanders' ancestors settled in the numerous small islands to Australia's north and they too began to establish their own unique song and dance traditions. Students will also consider the impact of history on Australian Indigenous music today; how music communicates aspects of Australian Indigenous identity, including language, instruments, dance country, kin and history.

Unit details and rules

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Analysis, History and Cultural Studies

Code MCGY0000
Academic unit Analysis, History and Cultural Studies
Credit points 0
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Distinguish between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musical expressions
  • LO2. Compare several versions of the same Australian Indigenous song performance and interpret the song’s accumulation of meaning
  • LO3. Explain how music is used to define social and cultural groups
  • LO4. Discern unique ways music is capable of providing catharsis in the face of the traumas that have divided Australians ever since colonisation
  • LO5. Distinguish between intended audiences for particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs, and determine their intended purposes
  • LO6. Distinguish between classical (traditional) Indigenous music genres and imported genres

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Semester 1 2024
Online Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Online Sydney
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