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Unit information: Music and Society 2 in 2022/23

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Unit name Music and Society 2
Unit code MUSI10060
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Kate Guthrie
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

This unit sits alongside Music and Society 1, again addressing music history in non-chronological terms. The unifying element is here focused on the people creating, consuming and performing music: this may include composers themselves, performance practice, diverse forms of identity, and the writing of music history itself. The assessment is intended to prepare students for the second year mandatory history units, with a longer-length essay.


This unit aims to develop the student's knowledge base in relation to key repertoire, principally by investigation of particular works and by relating these to relevant contexts. It also provides an introduction to important intellectual issues in contemporary musical culture (such as the representation of music in the media, recorded sound, music for stage and film), and encourages students to challenge and rethink established frameworks for understanding the role of music in society

Your learning on this unit

Successful completion of this unit will enable the student to:

1) discuss in greater depth particular works and repertories introduced in the lectures

2) demonstrate a detailed understanding of social and cultural contexts for music

3) evaluate and apply strategies and methodologies for writing historical accounts of music, including relevant research methods, bibliographical tools, etc.

4) plan an essay correctly using footnote referencing and appending a bibliography

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed

1 x 2000 word essay (60%)

1 x 5 minute group podcast (40%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.