Spirituality as Music (MUSC2679)


This Unit considers music as intrinsically spiritual and spirituality as intrinsically musical. It studies a diverse array of music written and performed in response to spiritual traditions including some of the main religions of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, as well as Earth-based religions such as Australian Indigenous traditions. It also considers music as a healing and therapeutic art. Listening will provide the main framework for study.

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Further unit of study information


2hr/wk and 1hr/tut


Listening/short answer test (1500 words) (30%); Seminar Presentation (10% ); Individual Project as extended essay, or composition or performance accompanied by a shorter reflective essay (4500 words ) (60% )

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 Junior credit points

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.