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The Ethnography of Music (MUSI30053)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMUSI30053
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject teaches students to conceptualise and undertake an ethnographic researchproject 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 honours or 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

  • negotiate and assess the print and electronic literature in the discipline with confidence
  • articulate the main issues involved in undertaking musical ethnography
  • demonstrate understanding of the ethics of scholarship in musical ethnography
  • demonstrate understanding of different cultural and musical values
  • demonstrate an understanding of scholarly writing appropriate to the discipline; and conduct a literature review

Last updated: 22 February 2018