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MUSC3641: Music, Environment and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most important global issues of our era, and one which is destined to have a major influence on the lives of subsequent generations. It is especially dependent upon our understandings of the environment, our place within it, and our views of our environmental responsibilities. In this unit, students will explore some of the incredible range of ways in which music, the environment and climate change and interwoven. They will be guided through lectures from musicians and researchers involved in the connection between music and the environment across the fields of ethnomusicology, composition, digital music technology, jazz and contemporary music, as well as by lectures and a workshop with Indigenous Australian cultural custodians. Through this unit, students will understand not only the ways that, for millennia, music has a central role in the way that humans record, transmit and promote understandings of many different aspects of the environment, but also how it functions today and how it may help in solving environmental problems of the future.

Code MUSC3641
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. identify the significance of the many different connections between music and environment from the perspective of Indigenous peoples of Australia and beyond
  • LO2. demonstrate an enhanced awareness of musical diversity and the ways in which it can be linked to the environment by different musicians and communities
  • LO3. explain how music can be useful in promoting better environmental outcomes and combating climate change
  • LO4. show how climate change and other environmental problems can impact on music
  • LO5. gain musical inspiration from better understanding your own creative connections with your environment