This unit of study offers students a comprehensive understanding of interrelations and convergences between music and politics from a variety of musical genres and political circumstances. Students will be introduced to theoretical models for examining the social agency of musical expression, they will analyse the politics of convention and innovation within musical traditions, and examine musical dialogues that have reflected and influenced momentous social and political movements. No formal musical training necessary.
1 x 2 hr lecture; 1 x 1 hr tutorial per week
Participation in discussions (20%); Written summaries of weekly readings (30%); Final essay of ca. 2,500 words (50%)