School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Cultural Paradigms and MusicWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101523.2

Discipline: MUSIC

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
101134 - Contemporary Arts: Music (Histories)

About this Unit
In 2018 this unit replaced by 102551 - Music, Culture and Discourse. This unit builds a critical theoretical foundation for music which informs the studio/practical studies, as well as preparing students for more advanced theoretical and critical studies. It is non-linear in approach, examining paradigmatic shifts and cultural theories, and their relationship to music. It includes the study of theories of authorship, corporeality, aesthetics, and power. It examines the field of musical production and the intersection of music with technology. It considers how musical taste is formed and explores the role of institutional practices in shaping music, musicians and musical taste. It situates music within the cultural paradigms of humanism and neo-liberalism, and modernism and postmodernism. It provides students with a broadly informed view of current issues informing contemporary music practice.

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