MusM Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media) / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Ethno/Musicology in Action: Fieldwork and Ethnography
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This course-unit focuses on the principles and practice of ethnography and fieldwork, with particular reference to music. It offers you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to ethnographic fieldwork and writing, and to develop a toolkit for undertaking primary research with human subjects and present-day communities, whether close to home or further afield. Topics normally include: historical perspectives on fieldwork practice; the development of fieldwork methodology; fieldwork ethics; fieldwork and gender issues; fieldwork at home; the roles of archives; transcription; ethnographic film; constructing an ethnography; ethnographic style; and the politics of ethnographic representation. As part of the course you may also have the opportunity to design your own small fieldwork project and/or undertake exploratory activity related to your dissertation topic.
- To explore issues in fieldwork practice and ethnographic writing, primarily through a detailed study of set texts supplemented by practical exercises.
- To examine changes in approaches to fieldwork and ethnography from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective.
- To consider ethical questions relating to fieldwork impact and the politics of representation.
- To equip participants with a sound theoretical and methodological foundation for their own ethnographic investigations.
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of different approaches to fieldwork and ethnographic writing, from both practical and theoretical perspectives.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the personal, professional, ethical and political issues associated with research in the field and representation in academic writing.
- Synthesise and evaluate a wide range of material relating to the topics under consideration.
- Present informed, cogent and critical evaluations of the material studied.
- Interpret primary texts, engage with secondary literature, and formulate their own arguments.
- Design research questions and identify and develop appropriate methodologies.
- Put into practice the skills necessary for undertaking successful fieldwork, including participant-observation, interview design and practice, note-taking, recording and transcription.
- Articulate, discuss and support findings coherently in both written and verbal form.
- Demonstrate a command of diverse writing styles.
- Work effectively towards clearly delineated goals.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Produce high-quality work independently with self-motivation and critical self-awareness.
- Demonstrate well-developed skills in the use of library, online and other resources.
- Demonstrate initiative, sensitivity and sound judgement in interpersonal and collaborative work.
- Show that they have acquired a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for their own ethnographic work and developed skills appropriate to undertaking an individual research project.
- ¿ Time management skills ¿ Oral presentation skills ¿ Interacting with critical peers ¿ Creative problem-solving ¿ Digital skills ¿ Analytical skills
Formative or Summative
Verbal feedback on class presentations
Verbal feedback on essay plans
Written feedback on coursework essays
Additional one-to-one feedback (during consultation hours or by making an appointment)
- Barz, Gregory F. and William Cheng (eds.), Queering the Field: Sounding Out Ethnomusicology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
- Barz, Gregory F. and Timothy J. Cooley (eds.), Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives on Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
- Brettell, Caroline B., When They Read What We Write: The Politics of Ethnography (Westport, Conn: Bergin and Garvey, 1993)
- Clifford, James, and Marcus, George E. (eds.), Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986; 25th anniversary edition 2010)
- Cooley, Timothy (ed.), Fieldwork Impact: special issue of The British Journal of Ethnomusicology, 12, 1 (2003)
- Landau, Carolyn and Janet Topp Fargion (eds.), Ethnomusicology, Archives and Communities: Methodologies for an Equitable Discipline: special issue of Ethnomusicology Forum, 21, 2 (2012)
- Nettl, Bruno, The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-Three Discussions (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2015)
- Pink, Sarah, Doing Sensory Ethnography, 2nd edition (London: Sage, 2015)
- van Maanen, John, Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography, 2nd edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011)
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|Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh||Unit coordinator|