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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS1013 Module Title: UNDERSTANDING MUSIC 2
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU1.UM2
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: MARK CM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


CW: an essay of not more than 2000 words




Listening exam (90 minutes)




Module Overview
This module builds on work undertaken in UM1 through topics examining music from wider social and cultural perspectives.  


Module Aims
  • To further inform your understanding of music (art-music in the Western tradition, popular music and world music) by examining significant sociological and cultural approaches to the subject.


  • To inform your musical perception through knowledge of the above approaches.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:


  • Respond to several recorded excerpts referring to musical, aesthetic and socio-historical/cultural features as appropriate.


  • Write a clearly structured essay comparing two pieces of scholarly writing on music and referring to relevant repertoire.
Module Content
  • Basic principles and ideologies behind sociological and cultural approaches to the study of music


  • Exemplification of these through selected examples


  • Un-assessed group presentations
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • Eleven two-hour sessions comprising lectures and un-assessed group presentations


  • Resources available on Ulearn


  • Module reader containing extracts from key texts is required
Selected Texts/Journals

A reading list will be given out at the start of the module


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