BA Music and Drama

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Advanced Study in Musicology B (40)

Course unit fact file
Unit code MUSC30520
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Music
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

Advanced Study options offer the opportunity for in-depth study around specific subjects relating to the research of the academic teaching each of the options. Each of the options are designed to support develop and refine the historical and critical approaches in musicology covered in previous years of the programme to a higher level.

Students taking MUSC30520 take two of the options on offer. The topics for 2022-23 are:

Semester 1
Restoration Music in the Afterlife: Purcell and the Politics of Reception History (Prof. Rebecca Herissone)

Semester 2
Music in Bollywood (Dr Chloë Alaghband-Zadeh) 

Beethoven: Life, Works, and Cultural Context (Prof. Barry Cooper) 

Pre/co-requisites

 

Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)?

Yes, 'Prerequisite in a relevant Level 2 Music course, or by agreement with the Course Director

 

Aims

This course-unit aims to enable students to study a particular topic within a current branch of musicology in depth.

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • demonstrate detailed knowledge and conceptual understanding of the selected topic and related issues
  • demonstrate a good command of the available secondary literature

Intellectual skills

  • synthesize and evaluate a wide range of material relating to the topic
  • interpret primary texts, engage with secondary literature, and formulate their own arguments

Practical skills

  • articulate, discuss and support findings coherently in both written and verbal form
  • 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 and resources

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Analysing and understanding ideas at a high level from diverse areas of musicology
Oral communication
Communicate ideas and information clearly in verbal form (presentation)
Research
Carrying out in-depth research independently
Written communication
Communicate ideas and information clearly in written form (examination)

Assessment methods

 

Exam 50%
Essay OR Exam 50%

 

Feedback methods

  • Oral feedback on presentations
  • formative feedback on essays and/or mock examinations
  • written feedback on examination
  • additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment, or by email)

 

Recommended reading

Reading lists for each of the topics are provided by the lecturer concerned.  Titles of general support include:

 

  • Beard, David, and Kenneth Gloag, Musicology: the Key Concepts (Abingdon: Routledge, 2005)
  • Born, Georgina, and David Hesmondhalgh (eds.), Western Music and its Others: Difference, Representation, and Appropriation in Music (Berkeley and London, 2000)
  • Cook, Nicholas and Mark Everist (eds.), Rethinking Music (Oxford, 1999)
  • Clayton, Martin, Trevor Herbert and Richard Middleton (eds.), The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction (New York and London, 2003)
  • Crist, Stephen A. and Roberta Montemorra Marvin (eds.), Historical Musicology: Sources, Methods, Interpretations (Rochester, NY, 2004)
  • Herbert, Trevor, Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Korsyn, Kevin, Decentering Music: A Critique of Contemporary Musical Research (Oxford, 2003)
  • Taylor, Timothy D., Beyond Exoticism: Western Music and the World (Durham, NC, 2007)
  • Williams, Alastair, Constructing Musicology (London, 2001)

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 54
Independent study hours
Independent study 346

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh Unit coordinator
Barry Cooper Unit coordinator
Rebecca Herissone-Kelly Unit coordinator

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