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This course provides an overview of the history, genres, and key artistic and intellectual themes in Western classical music from the Renaissance through to the present day. Through discussion of significant compositions from different historical periods, you will develop an overview of the development of musical styles and genres. These developments will be related to key ideologies and placed in historical and social contexts. By the end of this course, you will be equipped to undertake detailed study in specific areas of critical enquiry.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 2



Delivery Mode

Fully on-site

Indicative contact hours


Course Outline

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Additional Information

This course is offered as General Education.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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