Ethnomusicology refers to the study of all musical genres worldwide within their respective social and cultural contexts, and is sometimes also known as the anthropology of music or cultural musicology. This unit introduces and explores some of the most important ideas that have informed the thinking of researchers working in this field - such as the connections between music and gender, social structures, forms of capital, politics, identity, health and the environment. The course also interrogates notions of the nature and experience of music, why musical genres differ and why music has such important but diverse significance worldwide. The course includes several lectures given by expert practitioners from particular musical traditions (such as Indigenous Australian music and Korean drumming), and it directly complements courses on ethnomusicological fieldwork methods. It does not require prior formal musical training.
1 x 2hour seminar/week
Critical review of an ethnographic monograph in ethnomusicology (20%), response to set reading (presented in class) and two online comments (30%), major essay (scaffolded approach) (50%)
This is a compulsory unit for the minor in ethnomusicology. If prerequisite not met, you may apply for special permission.