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MUS2060 : Ethnomusicology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Ethnomusicology is a theory-oriented module, which includes a critical evaluation of selected recordings and audio-visual documentaries. The module explains why and how Ethnomusicology is a complex and multifaceted discipline, that deals not only with the so-called “music of the non-Western world” but also with popular, folk and traditional music, western classical music and technologically mediated music, employing specific theories, methods and perspectives. The module also encourages students to apply ethnomusicological ideas, issues and methodologies to their own practice as musicians and/or listeners to music.

The module is designed to:
• offer students an introduction to ethnomusicology, surveying its history, theories, methodologies, major writings, recordings and audio-visual documents from key scholars in the field;
• illustrate how ethnomusicology deals with world music, popular music and music technology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Ethnomusicology introduces students to the formation of the discipline through its history, its theories and its methodologies. Lectures will focus on a range of topics (such as: fieldwork, history, gender, ecology, globalization); will help to identify issues bearing on a topic; and will guide students through a self-learning experience. In seminars the focus will be on students, through class discussions of selected, specific issues which will follow a critical evaluation of selected recordings and audio-visual documentaries.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching201:0020:002 x seminar groups per week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce issues, approaches and concepts, and give the opportunity to discuss and explore these further. Lectures will focus partly on the detailed study of music from selected cultures, partly on key issues that arise in the course of such study, and partly on the various approaches that ethnomusicologists may take. Lectures also introduce through class discussions a more specific knowledge of world musical cultures, through the evaluation of selected recordings and audio-visual documentaries. During your private study time you are expected to work on a variety of activities between classes such as reading and listening. Among other things, these form essential preparation for the module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A100A 4000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are designed to provide a critical understanding of ethnomusicological theories, concepts and works. Seminars are designed to offer a critical knowledge of world musical cultures, through the evaluation of selected recordings and audio-visual documentaries.

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