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MU1006   An Introduction to Ethnomusicology: why, and how, human beings are musical

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 7

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Maximum 60 students

Planned timetable: 10.00 am - Lectures Mon, Tue and Thu.

Ethnomusicology is the study of why, and how, human beings are musical (Timothy Rice). It is interdisciplinary, and draws upon e.g. musicology, anthropology, cultural studies, and performance studies. This course aims to provide students with a broad overview of the emergence of the academic field; insights into its methods of enquiry using both emic (insider) and etic (outsider) approaches to recording and writing about musical activity; exposure to some important critical texts and questions; and some illustrative case studies from a variety of different cultural contexts.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures (x11 weeks), 1 tutorial (x10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 156

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J K Pettegree
Module teaching staff: Team Taught