University of Surrey - Guildford

Registry > Module Catalogue
View Module List by A.O.U. and Level  Alphabetical Module Code List  Alphabetical Module Title List  Alphabetical Old Short Name List  View Menu 
2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM001 Module Title: AESTHETICS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.AESTH
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: DOWNES SC Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Weekly two-hour seminars in semester 1. Regular tutorials will be arranged throughout the course with the Module Convenor or any other contributing lecturer.

Assessment Pattern

Assessment is by coursework (8,000 words in total) A short assignment (2,000 words; 25% of total marks) will be set early in the module. The main project (6,000 words; 75% of total marks, and externally moderated) will be due at the end of the module. The topics of the coursework items will be agreed in discussion with the Module Convenor.

Module Overview
Module Aims

To explore some of the main issues to emerge in the aesthetics of music in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module you should be able to:
  • understand the writings of major contributors to debates in aesthetics of music
  • understand music aesthetics in a broad cultural context
  • demonstrate sophisticated critical and literary skills
  • produce an extended critical investigation of an issue in music aesthetics
Module Content

Topics are flexible but are likely to include aesthetic concepts of Organicism, Genius, Music and Language, Nationalism, Realism, Symbolism, Decandence and the Avant-Garde.

Methods of Teaching/Learning
20 hours plus up to 10 hours of tutorials 270 hours of private study (300 hours in total for the module)
The lecturer will provide extensive background information and an overview of the subject in hand.  This may lead into class discussion or short, prepared presentations by students.
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential reading
Dahlhaus, C. 1982 Esthetics of Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1989 The Idea of Absolute Music. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
Le Huray, P. & Day, J. (eds) 1981 Music and aesthetics in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

Recommended reading

Lippman, E. 1995 A History of Western Musical Aesthetics. Nebraska: Nebraska University Press.
Neubauer, J. 1986 The Emancipation of Music from Language. New Haven: Yale.
Thomas, D.A. 1995 Music and the Origins of Language: Theories from the French Enlightenment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Background reading
Gilbert, K. & Kuhn, H. 1972 A History of Esthetics. New York: Dover.
A comprehensive reading list will be provided at the start of the module 
Last Updated