MUS41070 Foundations in Ethnomusicology

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

This module is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of Ethnomusicology through an analysis of the development of the field and its history of ideas, an introduction to contemporary ethnomusicological thought, and a consideration of contemporary issues in the field. The course may consider selected music traditions in the context of these topics, based on the premise that music is a reflection of cultural systems and values. This is intended not only to introduce the student to different kinds of music, but to different ways of thinking about music.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Give an overview of the history and development of Ethnomusicology
- Critically assess the evolution of theory and concepts in Ethnomusicology
- Discuss and critically evaluate contemporary issues in Ethnomusicology
- Draw on knowledge of selected world music traditions as appropriate
- Contribute to a discussion on the nature of music

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Student presentations, response to readings and critical evaluation thereof, peer review, critical writing and 
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
Presentation: Seminar presentation of selected readings Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: Final essay on a topic selected from those designated by the coordinator. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Preparation of and contribution to seminars/webinars. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Verbal feedback on contribution to seminars will be provided individually to students at mid-trimester, and again at end of trimester. Individual written feedback will be providual to students once end-of-trimester essays have been graded. A combination of peer review (verbal) and coordinator feedback (verbal and written) will be provided to students upon completion of the in-class presentations.

Name Role
Ms Emma Gregg Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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