MUS41080 Foundations in Hist Musicology

Academic Year 2023/2024

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

This module engages with the development of methodologies and paradigms in historical musicology in recent decades. Among the topical issues will be the impact of historical and historiographical practices, the challenges of postmodern approaches, the influence of ethnomusicology and anthropology, the performative turn, the moral turn. perceptions of gender and culture, problems related to the canon, temporality and reception aesthetics, performance practice and "contemporary" music, and musicology in the digital age.

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Learning Outcomes:

This module will enable students to
1. Define and evaluate key developments in recent scholarship in historical musicology;
2. Relate musicological developments to more general trends in cultural theory;
3. Train their critical faculties through positioning themselves in relation to mutually exclusive or critical musicological points of view.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- seminar-style classes (all face-to-face according to current planning)
- critical writing
- reflective learning
- enquiry and problem-based learning
- debates 
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 (4,000 words) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Group preparation of a podcast of ca. 20 minutes (or a website, quiz, etc.) on a topic related to the module and addressing a non-academic audience. Week 9 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Contributions to class discussions. 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback delivered after each assessment component.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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