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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS5130M Issues in Musicology

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Matthew Pritchard
Email: m.pritchard1@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module focuses on a range of 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 principles and philosophies that have shaped the discipline of musicology, concentrating on European and American approaches.Issues addressed include (but are not limited to) canon formation, reception history, consumption and popular music, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexuality.The module is taught by staff- and student-led seminars, and aims to enable students to develop the critical skills necessary to evaluate differing theoretical premises, and relate to them to a musicological framework.

Objectives

The main objectives of the module are to expose students to different ways of thinking about issues in musicology, and to cultivate their critical and interpretative skills when dealing with musicological texts. Furthermore, the module supports students in developing the confidence to identify and discuss aspects of musicological theory and practice found in scholarship, and to apply appropriate approaches in the course of their own work.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
• familiarity with a representative selection of musicological texts, and the standpoints they represent;
• understanding of the relationship between modes of thought and 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 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 principles and philosophies that have shaped the discipline of musicology, concentrating on European and American approaches.

Issues addressed include (but are not limited to) canon formation, reception history, consumption and popular music, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexuality.

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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Research Class51.507.50
Lecture12.002.00
Seminar11.001.00
Seminar102.0020.00
Private study hours269.50
Total Contact hours30.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Indicatively:
• 80 hours reading of weekly prescribed texts
• 80 hours digesting, annotating, re-reading, discussing (with peers), summarising and note-taking on weekly prescribed texts, including work on the 500-word précis
• 109.5 hours researching, drafting, writing, and additional reading for Essay

Note: the research classes are the School of Music Research Colloquium series.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored on a weekly basis by individual tutors through student contribution to class sessions.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentationverbal presentation including facilitation of discussion and follow-up report (500 words)20.00
Essay4500-5000 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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