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MUSC3629: Music and Everyday Life

2024 unit information

What can we learn from non-textual approaches to understanding music? The primary goal of this unit of study is to study music not as a composer, producer, performer, listener or audience member, but as an ethnographer. That is, analysing music through an observational, experiential and intellectual understanding of how people make and take meaning from music.

Unit details and rules

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Code MUSC3629
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Understand how to approach the analysis and understanding of music from an ethnographic perspective.
  • LO2. Understand the scope of ethnographic research methods through the reflections of practitioners.
  • LO3. Understand the social, spatial, and experiential aspects of music through prevalent theories in ethnomusicology
  • LO4. Write reflectively and analytically about your own experiences of music and the experiences of others.
  • LO5. Conduct interviews about and observations sessions of musical activities
  • LO6. Incorporate theory and methods into a formal project based on fieldwork and reflections on your own experiences.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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Additional advice

This unit is a requirement for Honours in the BA.