Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE World Music Theories

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores the music of a wide range of musical traditions from around the world. It aims to develop an understanding of a wide range of theoretical issues through analysis of a number of representative musical practices from both western and non-western musical traditions. In addition, it will shed light on a number of interrelated issues and concepts that had an impact on the music of these traditions and the way it was transmitted and diffused.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
(a) help students recognise the importance of studies of musical cultures around the world in today’s professional music training;
(b) assist students in understanding music and its related global processes;
(c) assist students appraise the various functions music has in constructing, influencing, and maintaining human life.

Learning Outcomes:

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

(a) value music as a concept that varies according to time, place and people;
(b) recognize the varying roles that music plays in the everyday life of different cultures;
(c) value the fact that music does not exist in a vacuum but it survives within a world of values and interests that shape it intrinsically.

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

(a) transcribe and analyse orally transmitted music from the above music traditions;
(b) synthesise discourse about music with discourse about culture and society;
(c) examine ethnographic material, especially that related to music performance.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bakan, Michael B. 2012. World Music: Traditions and Transformations, 2nd edn (New York: McGraw Hill).
- Titon, Jeff Todd (ed.). 2016. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World's People, 6th edn, (Boston, MA: Cengage Learning).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 80%


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