Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores music-making in Australia in all its forms. Emerging themes, narratives and traits will be investigated and challenged through listening examples, media and publications. Students will explore Australian music from historical, contemporary, indigenous and international cultural contexts.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critique the roles of music in Australian culture

2. Examine the cultural contexts of Australian music culture

3. Create an independent research project on Australian music


Topics will include:

  • Australian popular music
  • Australian composers and performers
  • Indigenous music
  • Transcultural musical expression
  • International opportunities for Australian music

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Australian Music and Culture blog or wiki 35%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Australian Music Case Study 25%

Project: Australian Music Research Project 40%

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

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.