Over the past five hundred years, the world’s societies have become increasingly integrated and interdependent, in economic and cultural terms, through the processes of globalisation. What has this meant for music? On the one hand there has been a sharp rise in the diversity of musical styles flowing around the world; on the other hand, the increasing hegemony of dominant cultures has led to the decline or complete loss of many unique musical practices. This course examines the impact of globalisation on local musical practices, exploring how music plays an essential role in articulating identity and place, how music developed into a commodity that is bought and sold, and how music remains a crucial factor in cultural survival throughout our globalised world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe the interrelationships between music, cultural survival, and globalisation from several theoretical perspectives
- apply these theoretical perspectives to a number of specific musical cases
- demonstrate listening skills focused on cross-cultural musical elements, developed through the study and discussion of selected works
- demonstrate research, analysis, discussion and writing skills about the discourses surrounding the globalisation of music
Indicative AssessmentGroup or individual research project (3000 words or multimedia equivalent) (60%), [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
Case studies e-workbook, involving observation, listening and analysis (c.2000 words) (40%), [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials/feedback; and,
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Biddle, Ian & Knights, Vanessa. 'Music, National Identity and the Politics of Location: Between the Global and the Local, Ashgate: UK, 2007
Frith, Simon “Music and Identity”, Questions of Cultural Identity (Hall, Stuart and Du Gay, Paul eds, Sage, 1996)
Stokes, Martin. Ethnicity, Identity, and Music: the Musical Construction of Place Oxford: UK, 1994.
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