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MUS3030 : Musics & Nationalisms

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Charlotte Bentley
  • Lecturer: Dr Ian Biddle
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       to foster understanding and knowledge of social contexts and musical repertories, both ‘classical’ and vernacular in Europe;
•       to foster an understanding of the various modalities of European nationalism;
•       to understand the impact of national and cultural politics on musical practices;
•       to evaluate stylistic and generic traits within the context of geographical and cultural difference and interchange;
•       to consider music history in relation to other art forms

Outline Of Syllabus

This course will provide an introduction to some of the historiographical and political dynamics that attend the rise of nationalist cultures in the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries in Europe. We will look at the historical and cultural contexts of various modalities of nationalism, and at how such nationalisms and pan-nationalist movements impact on musical practices. Some of the main themes will include the uses of folk traditions, native tongue opera and national vocality.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00each lecture is 2 hours in length (delivered as PiP unless Covid restrictions do not allow)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminars (PiP or via Zoom if Covid restrictions do not allow for PiP)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of relevant pieces and key texts and ideas.
Seminars allow more in-depth listening and discussion of key ideas and texts and will allow for more hands-on (analytical) work in smaller groups.
The core of student learning for this Option lies in students’ private study, which involves listening and reading as appropriate, and research for the essay, submitted as part of the assessment 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
Essay2A70research essay of 2000 words
Essay2M30Short case study of 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The first essay requires students to apply knowledge gained from the module’s key themes to a chosen case study.

The second essay (case study) allows students to explore, through independent research, a key theme, repertory or cultural figure explored in the module. Students will determine their own essay title, with support from the Module Leader. Model essay questions will be provided in the Module Handbook at the start of the year.

Reading Lists