MUS10120 Music, Culture and Society

Academic Year 2023/2024

While the experience of listening to music is fleeting, the discourses and artefacts of musical performance are rooted firmly in the conventions, conditions, and institutions of human society. In this module students will be introduced to the ways in which music is situated in social and historical conditions. Students will also be introduced to the ways in which scholars understand music's relationship to culture, including methods derived from musicology and music analysis. We will approach this by examining a series of topics, such as classical music and the canon; music for audio-visual media; and the impact of changing technology on classical and popular music, with an emphasis on selected works to be studied in detail.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

In this course students will:
- Undertake close and sustained study of several musical works.
- Examine and gain knowledge of the social significance and cultural contexts of these works.
- Develop the ability to write about music fluently and confidently.
- Investigate a number of scholarly approaches to the structure, history, and socio-cultural significance of music.

Indicative Module Content:

Series of topics, such as classical music and the canon; music for audio-visual media; and the impact of changing technology on classical and popular music, with an emphasis on selected works to be studied in detail.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

42

Autonomous Student Learning

34

Lectures

12

Tutorial

12

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures
Tutorials
Critical writing
Task-based learning
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay (1500 words) Week 8 n/a Graded No

50

Journal: Learning journal comprising 6 entries (2 relating to each unit) submitted at the end of the trimester. Students will have the opportunity to discuss ongoing journal work in weekly tutorials. Week 12 n/a Graded No

50


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The lecturer will discuss the essay marking criteria with the class and will provide written feedback to each student post-assessment. Students will be given opportunities to self-assess in discussion of learning journal draft entries during weekly tutorials. Written feedback will be provided to each student following assessment of the submitted learning journal at the end of the trimester.

Name Role
Ms Anika Babel Tutor
Subhashini Goda Venkataramani Tutor
Ms Emma Gregg Tutor
Dr Chrysi Kyratsou Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Spring