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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM010 Module Title: CRITICAL MUSICOLOGY
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.CRITMUS
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: BARHAM JM Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Weekly in Semester 1

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Coursework (6,000 words total).
Two assignments will be set,
the first to be completed in the first half of the semester,
The second to be submitted at the end of the module, this will be externally examined
Module Overview

Admission to the PG Diploma/MMus programme, Musicology route.

Module Aims
To explore recent critical and interdisciplinary developments in the academic discussion of Western music.
Learning Outcomes

Situate contemporary musicological debates within the context of cognate disciplines; demonstrate understanding of key debates concerning the canon, construction of the text, gender and ethnicity, postmodernity etc; employ one or more of these debates in the process of close-reading.

Module Content
  1. Impact of postmodernism on issues of value & meaning;
  2. Impact of popular musicology;
  3. Music as performance;
  4. Decline of the canon;
  5. Critiquing the ‘New Musicology’;
  6. Influence of cultural & critical theory;
  7. Constructions of gender and ethnicity;
  8. Problematisation of history.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Seminars, tutorials
Selected Texts/Journals
Bergeron & Bohlman (eds.) 1992 Disciplining music, Chicago UP.
Cook & Everist (eds.) 1999 Rethinking music, Oxford UP.
Easthope & McGowan (eds.) 1992 A critical & cultural theory reader, Open UP.
Kerman 1985 Musicology, Fontana.
Kramer 1995 Classical music and postmodern knowledge, California UP.
Martin 1995 Sounds & society, Manchester UP.
Milner 1994 Contemporary cultural theory an introduction, UCL Press.
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