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The Music of Scotland MUSIC5079

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to critical and practical approaches to music and musical life in Scotland today and over the past thousand years.


Weekly two hour lecture and one hour tutorial.

Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses

The Music of Scotland MUSIC4035




1 Essay of around 3500 words (70%)

1 seminar presentation of around 15 min length (30%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to critical discourses, performance practices, and aspects of Scottish musical culture at an advanced level.

■ foster an awareness of the diversity of Scottish musical culture, its transformation as a result of historical change and the importance of exchange with other musical cultures

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically discuss the sites, sources and repertory relating to Scottish musical culture

■ evaluate changing cultural contexts, national and international, in relevant Scottish history, at an advanced level.

■ differentiate and analyse selected musical case studies.

■ evaluate historic and contemporary factors in determining and influencing the nature of Scottish musical identity.

■ apply a range of specialised theories and methods for the study of Scottish music

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.