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Current Issues in Musicology MUSIC5061

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course deepens students' understanding of current discourses in musicology, allowing them to assess and discuss recent influential contributions in a number of different sub-fields and from a variety of approaches.


10x1hr weekly lecture

10x1hr weekly seminar

5hs tutorials on presentations and essays.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level 


Essay of 3500 words, submitted at the end of the course. 70%

Presentation of 15 min, given during the course. 30%

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with intensive exposure to current approaches and methods in musicology and its various sub-disciplines. It is taught within a subject area with leading figures from a broad range of approaches and it reflects this diversity and vibrancy. More specifically, the course aims to:

■ deepen students' understanding of current directions within several sub-fields in Musicology, as evidenced in relevant publications

■ enhance their ability of and confidence in using specialist theoretical and methodological approaches

■ enable students to contribute to discourses in the discipline and to discussions on musical matters in wider public life

■ improve students' analytical, writing and presentation skills in the context of researching Music at postgraduate level

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ contribute to current debates in the field and to discussions on musical matters in wider public life orally and in writing

■ engage with chosen specialist theoretical and methodological approaches in the discipline

■ critically contextualise their own work in relation to specialist theoretical and methodological approaches in the discipline

■ write scholarly essays according to professional academic standards

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.