Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Aesthetics And Philosophy Of Music (APM) MUSIC2001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to the process of thinking critically about musical and cultural questions and problems.


10 x 1 hr lectures and 10 x 2 hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A grade D3 or above in 40 credits of Level 1 Music Courses or be enrolled in the first year of a BMus.

Excluded Courses



Two x 1,500 word Essays - 50% each

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ facilitate the practice of sustained critical thinking with respect to fundamental musical and cultural ideas and assumptions.

■ understand the role that critical thinking has in the field of musical and artistic practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ Analyse arguments, particularly in relation to music

■ Apply critical thinking in the course of producing written coherent arguments relating to music

■ Reflect on how philosophical concepts are formed and deployed

■ Formulate and respond to philosophical and cultural questions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.