The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course is suitable for both music and non-music students. There are thousands of different musical styles in the world, only some of which are familiar to western listeners. In addition, there has also been extraordinary degree of cross-influence in history which is occurring at an even faster rate in the 21st century. The course introduces a wide range of traditional and contemporary world music and examines the background and musical characteristics of each style. It also investigates the perspectives of the people who make each of these music styles and looks at the way that different cultures view each other's music. Classes consist of lectures, demonstrations and musical activities suitable for all students.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise a wide range of world musical styles and understand their context

2. Investigate and analyse the musical cultures of a range of world music styles

3. Understand the processes of exoticism and orientalism and how cultural assumptions and myths can influence cultural reactions to music

4. Discuss and or demonstrate stylistic features of different musics, and/or discuss examples of musical influence across cultures


Students will be provided with information and materials. Students will be involved in lectures, seminars, tutorials and on line deliveries.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assessment 2 - Research Essay

In Term Test: Assessment 3 - Repertoire Listening Test

Presentation: Presentation - Tutorial

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term