Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Anthropology of Music and Dance

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Anthropological Sciences

DESCRIPTION This unit will introduce students the the anthropological study of musical worlds (including ethnomusicology and dance). Music and dance have long been a topic of anthropological interest. In this study unit we will try and look at some of the basic questions posed in the discipline. Through a select number of case studies we will also seek to contextualise musical worlds in relation to their social function connecting cultural traditions (new and old) with social praxis.

Study-unit Aims:

The unit aims to provide a greater understanding of the social dimensions to music and dance. Through the course of the study unit students will be expected to develop a critical engagement with the concepts developed in the anthropology of music and dance through their application to concrete case studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1.) recognise the social function of music and dance;
2.) analyse the inter-relationship between form and function in music;
3.) quote some of the basic texts and apply several theoretical approaches in ethnomusicology and the anthropological study of music and dance.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(1) conduct limited ethnographic fieldwork in the study of musical worlds;
(2) have improved their time management in addressing assessment tasks;
(3) analyse a dance or musical formation in order to explore social structure and change;
(4) interpret and evaluate social theories of music and dance.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Nettl, Bruno. 2006. The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-one Issues and Concepts. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. [Short-loan Collection]
- Washabagugh, W. (ed.) (1998) The Passion of Music and Dance: Body, Gender and Sexuality. Bloomsbury Academic.

Supplementary Texts

- Rice, Timothy. 2014. Ethnomusicology: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Stock, Jonathan. 1996. World Sound Matters. London: Schott Educational Publications.
- Washabagugh, W. (ed.) (1998) The Passion of Music and Dance: Body, Gender and Sexuality. Bloomsbury Academic.
- Dridd, W. (2004) Anthropology and the Dance. University of Illinois Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Lasse Ullven
Jean-Paul Baldacchino
Michael Pio Deguara
Ranier Fsadni

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