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MU1035: KEY MOMENTS 1 (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course covers five key moments from Western music history, giving students both a clear and broad grasp of the shape of musical, cultural and intellectual history along with much more detailed studies of individual musical works.

The coverage will not be encyclopaedic and will instead seek to help students develop a sense of a musical period through more engaged explorations of a small number of key musical works. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Hicks

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

Course Aims
To combine breadth and depth in introducing students to five key moments in the development of Western music.

To introduce students to appropriate but challenging scholarly reading and writing, including referencing sources and generating bibliographies.

Main Learning Outcomes

Students will develop:

  • a deeper knowledge and understanding of key musical periods, composers and works
  • basic music-analytical skills in approaching a range of works from different historical periods. Analytical skills at this stage would not be formal.
  • more critical and evaluative responses to musical works, recognising alternative scholarly perspectives on given musical periods, composers and works.
  • more finely nuanced academic writing skills.
  • the capacity to research musicological topics alone and with others and to present their findings in written and oral forms.

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

Alternative Assessment

2,000-word essay (60%)

1,000-word essay (40%)

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resubmission of the failed assignments; online exam (100%)

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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