MUS10120 Music, Culture and Society

Academic Year 2021/2022

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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Learning Outcomes:

In this course students will: Undertake close and sustained study of several representative musical traditions and works; Examine and gain knowledge of the social significance and contexts of these traditions; 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.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
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
Portfolio: Portfolio 3 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Portfolio 2 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Portfolio 1 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
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