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MUSI225 Ethnomusicology: Music in Human Life

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Approaches to the study of the world’s traditional, popular and contemporary musics in their cultural context. (No prior musical knowledge required.)

Ethnomusicology is often described as 'the study of people making music'. It draws as much from anthropology and other social sciences as it does from musicology. In this way, the discipline is concerned with the people who are making music and the sounds of the music they are making.

Ethnomusicologists consider contexts and the 'whole process' in which music is imagined, discussed and made. By studying cultures from around the world, we can explore what music means to particular groups of people and what part it plays in their lives. Through class participation, you will examine and critically evaluate the ways people have studied the world's music.

Paper title Ethnomusicology: Music in Human Life
Paper code MUSI225
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
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36 100-level points
MUSI 325
Schedule C
Arts and Music
No prior musical knowledge in music notation and theory is required.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Professor Henry Johnson
Paper Structure

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will encourage students to study ethnomusicology in connection with:
  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Understanding ethical and social implications
  • Lifelong learning
  • Research-informed learning
  • International perspectives

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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