MUS41220 New Ideas in Musicology

Academic Year 2023/2024

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

This module offers students the chance to engage directly with a diverse range of eminent thinkers on music. In reading recently published material and discussing it with its authors, students will encounter the new ideas that are at the forefront of Music Studies, gaining a broad knowledge of the cutting edge of the discipline. Sessions will be organised in pairs. For each pair of sessions, students will be assigned one piece of scholarly writing to read. In the first session, they will discuss their impressions of this piece of writing with a tutor. In the second, they will participate in a question-and-answer session with the author, moderated by one of the Module Coordinators. Through their discussions with tutors and authors, students will develop their skills in critically appraising scholarly work in an independent, productive, and constructive way. Furthermore, the authors and their writings will cover a wide variety of topics in Music Studies, allowing students to explore a range of interests within a single module and to gain an understanding of the contemporary state of the discipline.

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Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will be able to:
• Summarise the insights gained from reading a piece of scholarly writing.
• Present their own critical appraisal of scholarly writing.
• Engage productively and helpfully in academic discussions with other scholars.
• Write clearly and confidently about their impressions of a piece of scholarly writing.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Conversation Class


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches to Teaching and Learning
• Group discussions with tutors.
• Moderated question-and-answer sessions.
• Critical writing.
• Reflective 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
Attendance: Contribution to class discussions. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale 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?

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Name Role
Dr Frank Lawrence Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Matthew Thomson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Anika Babel Tutor
Tomos Watkins 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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