Global Opportunities

MUS3051 : Richard Wagner and Wagnerism (Inactive)

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


This module aims to introduce students to the Music Dramas and operas of Richard Wagner and their aesthetic and musical legacies (up to the present day). The module will cover a range of approaches to this topic, including (but not limited to):
The philosophical background to Wagner’s musical ideas
The historical and political contexts
Strategies for understanding the musical materials (analytical approaches)
Approaching Wagner’s musical works as a historiographical problem

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover Wagner’s musical output and his impact on subsequent musical thinking, especially in Europe up to the present day. Themes covered may include:
•       Wagner and antisemitism
•       Wagner and imperialism
•       Wagner and the Nazis
•       Wagnerism and anti-Wagnerism
•       The Ring Cycle and its legacy
•       Opera and Music dramas: two distinct genres?

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials242:0048:00each lecture will last 2 hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Synchronous online seminars for, if Covid-related restrictions allow, PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1128:00128:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Pre-recorded lectures deliver core materials and seminars allow students to explore musical (and other) materials in more detail and in a more “hands on” manner.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M402000 words
Essay2M602000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Portfolio1AEssay proposal: opportunity for students to start developing their final research essay (essay 2)
Portfolio2Mannotated bibliography for research essay (sem 2)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will require students to develop two research essay (2000 and 2000 words), based on the core topics covered in the module, but exploring one of them in depth (in the second essay). In the run up to the second essay, students will be set a number of formative written assignments (see above) which will be helpful in developing ideas for the final essay.

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