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Topics in Ethnomusicology (MUSI20217)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeMUSI20217
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to one major research topic in the field of ethnomusicology. Considering a broad range of case studies from around the world, students learn how music researchers have approached, evaluated, and answered questions related to this topic across different cultural contexts and time periods. The subject is especially designed for students considering honours or graduate research in music, as well as students in anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. Topics may include “Music and Globalisation,” “Music and Multiculturalism,” “The Music Industry,” etc., as announced in advance.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • identify major perspectives and methods associated with contemporary topics in ethnomusicology;
  • compare how major topics in ethnomusicology have been applied to diverse cultural contexts around the world;
  • find and assess the secondary literature on a major issue in the study of music;
  • craft and answer a research question related to a major topic in ethnomusicology using secondary and tertiary sources in the discipline.

Generic skills

  • a capacity for independent critical thought about music outside the Western art and commercial music traditions;
  • an openness to new ideas about music;
  • knowledge and skills which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research‐based writing about music;
  • an informed understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.

Last updated: 21 September 2019