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The Ethnography of Music (Honours) (MUSI40079)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeMUSI40079
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject teaches students to conceptualise and undertake an ethnographic research project on music-making in the contemporary world. Through in-class activities, students learn to make fieldnotes, engage in participant-observation, conduct interviews, and use performance as a research tool. Through weekly readings, students learn to assess and navigate ethical issues related to research and writing about musicians and listeners. The subject is especially designed for students considering graduate research in music.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • find and assess the secondary literature in the disciplines of ethnomusicology and anthropology
  • articulate and formulate responses to the main issues involved in undertaking music ethnography
  • demonstrate understanding of the ethical problems that music scholars encounter
  • select and use specific ethnographic methods to research music-making
  • craft a viable research question and plan for undertaking research in the discipline of ethnomusicology

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of different cultural values
  • a capacity for independent thought and critical analysis
  • the capacity to write in a scholarly manner appropriate to the discipline
  • an openness to new ideas

Last updated: 20 August 2019