• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course provides an overview of the history of Jazz from its origins in African-American communities of the Southern United States to modern Bebop and avant-garde movements. It aims to introduce the major stylistic movements in Jazz over the past century as well as give students a solid understanding of the key social and musical forces that have shaped the rise of Jazz to an international cultural phenomenon.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. employ several historical and stylistic perspectives from which to view the development of Jazz;
  2. critically evaluate examples of Jazz music in a historical context;
  3. describe key social, cultural, and politcal forces that have affected the course of jazz history. 
  4. demonstrate enhanced research, analysis, discussion and writing skills.

Indicative Assessment

1. Two listening Tests (one hour each) (15% each) [learning outcomes 1-2]

2. Essay Plan (plus bibliography) (1200 words) (30%) [learning outcomes 1-4]

3. Essay (3000 words) (40%) [learning outcomes 1, 2, 4]

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130 Hours of total student learning time made up of:

a) 39 hours of contact
1. 26 hours of lectures, seminars or workshop
2. 13 hours of tutorials

b) 91 hours of independent student research, reading and writing




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2520
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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