Module title: Contextual Studies 2: Music in its Social and Cultural Context

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08147
Module leader: John Hails
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Music HNC

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: John Hails
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Fortnightly lectures will introduce and interrogate core concepts and perspectives of the study of music in its social and cultural context. Lecturers will share the findings of their own research into the importance of people and the social in composition, performance, and listening as well as introducing relevant theories. Alternative ways of looking at music history will be considered and discussed (LO1), and the study of music in its social and cultural context will be fundamental to these discussions (LO3). Audience formation and the importance of the audience within the study of a genre will be debated (LO2) and the functions and strategies of community music will be introduced (LO4). These lectures will introduce many new perspectives for you to consider that will be relevant to all paths within your degree programme (LO5).
Three seminar sessions with groups of around ten students will discuss specific concepts and genres in more detail, set texts will be dissected and interrogated, and lively discussion will be invited. These seminar sessions will allow you to embed and gain ownership of the varied concepts and perspectives introduced in the lectures (LO5).

Formative Assessment:
There will be two formal opportunities for you to receive formative assessment on top of the ongoing feedback you will receive through class discussion in both lectures and seminars.
You will prepare and deliver a short presentation on the topic of community music as a preparation for writing your essays (LO 3,4,5). Questions from tutors and peers will enable you to hone your arguments and consider multiple opinions and perspectives, and to write a better essay as well as developing your confidence and skillset in delivering presentations.
You will also present the electronic portfolio to your peers at an intermediate stage which will allow for the sharing of good practice as well as questions and challenges from peers and tutors (LO 1,2,3,5). This will enable you to deliver a more polished portfolio at the end of the module and will help you decide the appropriate focus and size of your portfolio at this intermediate stage.

Summative Assessment:
There are two pieces of summative assessment to this module. The first is a 2,500 word essay which will extend and develop your skills in expressing yourself in written form. This essay will be focused on community music and the issues surrounding this (LO 3,4,5). The second element will be an electronic portfolio made up of a range of resources including video, audio, text, and images. This will explore the narrative and audience base of a specific genre or form of your own choice (LO 1,2,3,5) and will involve some independent research skills. The size and level of detail in your portfolio will be negotiated with the module leader to ensure that you can address your chosen genre in sufficient detail within the time limitations of the module. Both of these assessments will help prepare you for important elements of your level 9 modules which will involve further essay work and independent research.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Seminar 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 3,4,5 21
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,5 31
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The focus of this module is on the role of people within the practice of music as opposed to looking principally at works or technology. You will be presented with a range of methodologies for study and analysis, and new perspectives for consideration throughout the two trimesters. You will be invited to explore and question established narratives around the history of music and will be encouraged and empowered to uncover music and artists who you may not have experienced before. You will also discuss how music fits into the social environment of a culture, especially into our contemporary culture in this city.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explore diverse historical narratives behind musical genres and forms;

LO2: Develop insight into audiences and how they relate to musical genres and forms;

LO3: Consider music in its social and cultural context;

LO4: Give examples of effective community music in practice;

LO5: Extend the range and diversity of perspectives and conceptual tools you employ in the study of music.

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