Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3031: Ethnomusicology

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Tia DeNora (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


All over the world, people make and respond to music. This module examines music practices as they are connected to forms of action, ritual and everyday life. You will begin by considering the boundaries of the very term music, and set that term in cross-cultural and historical context. You will then use theories and methods from music sociology, ethnomusicology and other disciplines to consider music's role and impact in social life. You will focus in particular on ethnomusicological studies of urban life, with some related consideration of past and non-western cultures.

You do not need prior musical knowledge to take this module and there are no prerequisites. The module will be of interest to students in anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, geography and drama, and any flexible pathway that combines these disciplines.

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