ATS1345 - Music and history - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joel Crotty


Dr Joel Crotty

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Through the study of selected representative musical works from the Western art music canon, this unit explores the historical conditions under which music was produced and the purposes it served for composers, performers, patrons and the public. Musical works are studied in terms of their historical, structural and stylistic characteristics.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and articulate some of the historical forces that shaped the major strands of Western art music through studying selected representative works;
  2. Critically read scholarly sources by undertaking a guided reading activity;
  3. Evaluate and analyse scholarly sources pertinent to Western art music research;
  4. Undertake a Western art music research project utilising academic research and writing skills.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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