Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2084: Ethnomusicology

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


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during 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 the role of music in social life, and in particular music practices 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 apply theories and methods from music sociology, ethnomusicology and other disciplines and make reference to empirical studies in particular considering music in daily life. You will focus on ethnomusicological studies of urban life, with 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 a number of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, geography and drama, and any pathway that combines these disciplines.

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