Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3084: Ethnomusicology

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module begins by considering key concepts and writers on music sociology and ethnomusicology. The concepts will include: affordances, homology, appropriation, affiliation and habitus. The module then sets these concepts in context of case study material focused on musical structure as a medium for thinking about the life course, social structure, embodied communication, identity, health and wellbeing; consciousness, social control and memory.


A. Orientation:

Introduction to ethnomusicology/music sociology

Key concepts with examples

What is music, sound, noise: an exercise in boundary construction

B. Music in Everyday Life over the life course and in cultural context:

Communicative musicality

Music and socialization

Music and emotion, music and work

Music and health/wellbeing: alternative healing and ritual care

Music and continuing bonds: spirituality, transcendence and commemoration through music

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 24 6 two hour lectures, 4 two hour seminars and 2 student-led discussion sessions with small presentations in seminar
Guided Independent study126 A variety of activities directed by module leader and allowing student choice. 1. Mapping the sonic environment 2. Interview or radio archive exercise 3. Video analysis of embodied musical engagement 4. Exploration of musicalisation of settings or interactions

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

 ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/