• Code MUSI8001
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bonnie McConnell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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This course investigates contemporary theoretical approaches in music research. It focuses on developing conceptual tools for understanding the history, structure, and significance of music over time and across cultures. The course explores key issues in music research that have stimulated debate and reflection over time. It assists students to explore those issues, developing skills in critical analysis and music research design. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and evaluate a range of theoretical approaches in music research;
  2. apply theoretical approaches in their own research and writing;
  3. examine music from historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural contexts using discipline relevant vocabulary and tools for speaking and writing critically about music; and
  4. communicate and debate a range of themes, concepts and theories with peers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 6 unit course (null) [LO null]
  2. Abstract (250 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Seminar participation (10) [LO 3,4]
  4. Research Paper (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Research Presentation (15 minutes) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  6. 12 unit course (null) [LO null]
  7. Abstract (250 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  8. Seminar participation (10) [LO 3,4]
  9. Research Paper (3000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  10. Research presentation (15 minutes) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  11. Detailed thesis chapter plan (1500 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  12. Draft thesis chapter (3000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3]

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6 unit version: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

12 unit version: 260 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 224 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed MUSI7003, or with permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI4402.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $530 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $815 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5673 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View
7755 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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