Module code: MUSM056

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is to introduce you to the field of contemporary musicology. It will do this in two ways: by means of the presentation of overviews of distinct areas of musicology; by analysis of common and distinguishing approaches and philosophies.

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MARK Christopher (Music & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Determining fields of contemporary musicology (Historical Musicology; Popular Musicology; Structural Analysis; Postmodern Musicology; Performance Analysis; Screen Musicology, etc).

  • 2. Competing approaches to musicological knowledge (Epistemologies and Ontologies: Textuality; Contextuality; Positivity; Provisionality; Performativity, etc.).

  • 3. The relevance of interdisciplinary perspectives within musicology (Psychology of Music; Sociology of Music; History of Music; Semiotics & Literary Theories; Psychoanalytic & Feminist Theories, etc.)

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000-WORD ESSAY (TEST ITEMS 1-2 OF CONTENT) 50
Coursework 2000-WORD ESSAY (TEST ITEM 3 OF CONTENT) 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of key issues in recent musicological debates.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 2000-word essay

  • 2000-word essay

Formative assessment

Essay plans and bibliographies


Detailed written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the submission of both the formative and summative assessment.

Verbal feedback will be given to contributions during class discussions as well as individual tutorials on coursework essay plans.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop students’ awareness of key debates in contemporary musicology.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Class-based discussions & presentations

Individual essay tutorials

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music (Musicology) MMus 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.