Musicology, Major (0025)

  • Western Sydney University Major Code: 0025

Previous Code: M1114.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Please note: this major is not available to students enrolled in programs 1659 Bachelor of Music, 1738 Bachelor of Music (Dean's Scholars) and 1841 Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Creative Industries.

The Musicology major provides students from outside the Music program with an introduction to the history of Western classical music, and popular and classical musics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It offers perspectives on modernism, postmodernism and post-postmodernism, and incorporates social, political and philosophical critiques of music.


Campus Mode Advice
Penrith Campus Internal

Recommended Sequence

Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PERF 1023 Western Art Music History 10
Select one of the following: 10
Music Production  
Music Theory Fundamentals  
 Credit Points20
Spring session
PERF 1016 Popular Music Histories 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Summer session
PERF 2017 Music and Wellbeing 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
PERF 2028 World Music 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
PERF 2030 Musicology as a Professional Practice 10
 Credit Points10
Year 3
Autumn session
PERF 3009 Music Research Methods 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
PERF 3014 Music and Critical Thought 10
 Credit Points10
 Total Credit Points80

Equivalent subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this major for students who passed these subjects in 2021 or earlier.

PERF 1001 - Basic Composition, Craft and Theory, replaced by PERF 1015 Music Theory Fundamentals
PERF 2007 - Cultural Paradigms and Music, replaced by PERF 2018 Music, Culture and Discourse
PERF 1009 - Introduction to Sound Technologies, replaced by PERF 1014 Music Production
PERF 2014 - Modes and Codes in Music Production, replaced by PERF 2025 The Politics of Australian Music, no longer offered. 
PERF 3016 - Music and Philosophy, replaced by PERF 3014 Music and Critical Thought
PERF 1021 - Western Art Music 1, replaced by PERF 1023 Western Art Music History
PERF 1022 - Western Art Music 2, replaced by PERF 1016 Popular Music Histories
PERF 2025 - The Politics of Australian Music, replaced by PERF 2028 World Music
PERF 2020 - Popular Music Communities, no longer offered as part of this major.
PERF 2018 - Music, Culture and Discourse, replaced by PERF 2030 Musicology as a Professional Practice