Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3031: Ethnomusicology

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

Module Aims

This module has three key aims: (1) to consider music's role and impact in social life; (2) to consider some of the classic and current approaches within ethnomusicology and music sociology; and (3) to exemplify these approaches with reference to empirical studies with special reference to music in daily life.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. examine and analyse musical phenomena in light of ethnomusicological and sociological theories and to apply key concepts to musical data;
2. demonstrate ability to identify connections between musical works and social structures;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. relate a defined corpus of sociological ideas and data to a consideration of both production and the reception of art in the modern world;
4. deploy sociological argument, developed through written assignments and classroom presentations in a critical relationship to received ways of talking about art works, and artists;
5. demonstrate competence in the use of a specialist terminology developed through a familiarity with the principal sociological debates concerning art as a social phenomenon;
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate independent study and group work, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning;
7. demonstrate skills in sociological reasoning and the marshalling of evidence, use of data etc. developed through written assignments;
8. digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.