Musicology, Minor (0025)

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0025

Previous Code: SM1065.1

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 minor 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 minor provides students from outside the Music program with an introduction to Western classical music and its history, 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

Minor Structure

Students must complete 4 subjects as follows.

Subject Title Credit Points
PERF 3014Music and Critical Thought10
PERF 3009Music Research Methods10
PERF 2030Musicology as a Professional Practice10
PERF 1016Popular Music Histories10
PERF 1023Western Art Music History10
PERF 2028World Music10

Equivalent Subjects

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

PERF 2007 Cultural Paradigms and Music, replaced by PERF 2018 Music, Culture and Discourse
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
CART 1005 Music History 1, replaced by PERF 1021 Western Art Music 1 (see below)
CART 1006 Music History 2, replaced by PERF 1022 Western Art Music 2 (see below)
PERF 3017 Music in Theory and Practice, replaced by PERF 3009 Music Research Methods
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 2018 Music, Culture and Discourse, replaced by PERF 2030 Musicology as a Professional Practice