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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5530M Issues in Critical Musicology

30 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Professor Derek Scott
Email: music@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Demonstrable knowledge of music and musical terminology Your degree will often, but not always, be in Music or Music Technology; we will consider other relevant professional (or similar) experience in Music in lieu of formal musical qualifications where a good level of musical understanding can be demonstrated.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on a range of recent theoretical work by prominent scholars associated with a variety of critical viewpoints in current musicology and musical culture. It is designed as a thorough grounding in the principle and philosophies that have shaped the emergence of critical, or “new” musicology, concentrating on British and American approaches, and the influence of certain Continental philosophies and critical theories. Issues addressed include (but are not limited to) canon formation, reception history, consumption and mass culture, popular music, ‘race’, class, gender, sexuality, deconstruction.The module is taught by staff- and student-led seminars, and aims to enable students to develop the critical skills necessary to evaluate new theoretical premises, and relate to them to a traditional framework or background. Assessment includes a verbal presentation (20%) including facilitation of discussion and follow-up report (500 words), and an essay/dissertation (80%) of 4500-5000 words.

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- familiarity with a representative selection of recent musicological texts, and the critical standpoints they represent;
- understanding of the relationship between new modes of thought and traditional musicological practice;
- the ability to identify the ideologies and assumptions inherent in a range of theoretical approaches and cultural practices;
- the ability to make insightful use of both new and traditional musicological approaches;
- the ability to discuss often controversial areas of musicological theory and practice with confidence, respect and objectivity.

Syllabus

This module focuses on a range of recent theoretical work by prominent scholars associated with a variety of critical viewpoints in current musicology and musical culture. It is designed as a thorough grounding in the principle and philosophies that have shaped the emergence of critical, or “new” musicology, concentrating on British and American approaches, and the influence of certain Continental philosophies and critical theories.

Issues addressed include (but are not limited to) canon formation, reception history, consumption and mass culture, popular music, race, class, gender, sexuality, deconstruction.

The module is taught by staff - and student - led seminars, and aims to enable students to develop the critical skills necessary to evaluate new theoretical premises, and relate to them to a traditional framework or background.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Indicatively:
84 hours: Reading of weekly prescribed texts
84 hours: Digesting, annotating, re-reading, discussing (with peers), summarising and note-taking on weekly prescribed texts, including work on the 500-word précis
112 hours: Researching, drafting, writing, and additional reading for Essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored on a weekly basis by individual tutors. Student contribution to class sessions contributes towards assessment in the module, so this monitoring is also reviewed by the module coordinator weekly.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentationincluding facilitation of discussion and follow-up report (500 words)20.00
AssignmentEssay or dissertation, 4500-5000 words80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/08/2016

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