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Course Overview

This course introduces music students to the idea of community, to key theoretical concepts used in describing and analysing communities and to methods of finding out about communities, including observation, interviews, creative engagement, community profiling and use of data.  It provides opportunities to think about the role of the arts in creating and sustaining communities, and develops skills in devising and delivering appropriate musical inputs in community settings and ways of evaluating impact on individuals, groups and communities. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Ms Christine Aldred

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Either Bachelor Of Music With Honours (Community Music) or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of the following components:

  • Concepts of community and key terminology, including social capital, community capacity building, communities of practice, culture, empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
  • Methods of researching communities including eg questionnaires, interviews, observation, documentary analysis, and secondary data.
  • Analysis of expressed and hidden needs and distinguishing between demand and need.
  • Identification of the contribution of music and the arts to communities.
  • Evaluation of how to respond using music and the arts to promote empowerment and/or wellbeing of individuals and groups.

Further Information & Notes

The teaching for this course consists of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt:

50% Written Assignment – essay, 2000 words

50% Presentation – oral presentation of 15 minutes

Resit: Students to resbmit failed components.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Oral feedback will be provided by the lecturer on draft work during the year. Written feedback will be provided on report forms following submission of the assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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