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MCGY5600: Critical Discourses in Music

2024 unit information

This unit explores some of the most important theories on music and culture that have shaped academic writing on music today. It will introduce students to scholarly debates and critical thinking potentially relevant to their own research. It will address issues such as how (knowledge of) history impacts on our musical practices, why performance has recently become a core concern of musicology, and what ideologies have shaped basic concepts such as the musical work, the canon and music analysis. Other areas covered include historiography, topics and semiotics, narrative theory, gender and sexuality, identity, genre theory and hermeneutics.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Study level Postgraduate
Academic unit Analysis, History and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. show your awareness of important debates in current musical scholarship
  • LO2. relate music research to wider trends and debates in the humanities and social sciences
  • LO3. understand how music can be seen as a response to and as an agent of social and cultural change
  • LO4. summarise an author’s position on a topic, and then contextualise and critique it
  • LO5. pursue your own research with a solid grounding in the norms and practices of musicological enquiry
  • LO6. engage respectfully but critically with the views of others through discussion with your peers

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Semester 2 2024
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Semester 1 2020
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Semester 1 2022
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