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MU2023: INTRODUCTION TO MUSICOLOGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 09:31


Course Overview

Students will explore a range of elementary issues in musicology relating to some of the following: music history, theory and analysis, sociology of music, psychology of music, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, world music, early music, opera, concert music, jazz, popular music, music in film and television, musical performance, composition, music technology and the economics of the music business.

The course will consider a range of music taking into account the kinds of methodologies and discourses in which this music is discussed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Edward Campbell

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims
To explore a range of elementary issues in musicology.
To explore a number of branches of musicology/music studies
To embed the study of a range of music within the discourses in which this music is discussed.
To engender in students a critical approach to a range of music which can then be built upon in years 3 and 4.

Main Learning Outcomes
Students will have:

  • explored a range of elementary issues in musicology;

  • explored a number of branches of musicology/music studies including some of the following: music history, theory and analysis, sociology of music, psychology of music, aesthetics, world music, early music, opera, concert music, jazz, popular music, music in film and television, musical performance, composition, music technology and the economics of the music business;

  • studied a range of music taking into account the kinds of methodologies and discourses in which this music is discussed; and

  • developed a more critical approach to a range of music which can then be built upon in years 3 and 4.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 13, 15 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2000 word essay (60%)

1000 word essay (40%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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