Module code: MUSM057

Module Overview

The purpose of this module is twofold: to teach you to critique particular musicological essays within your purview; to enable you to apply relevant techniques, combined with the knowledge gained from Readings in Musicology 1, to a particular question of your devising.

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 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Admission to programme, MUSM056 Readings in Musicology A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Critiquing musicological writings (using the CAFÉ model – Content & discourse; Authority & rhetoric; Form & logic; Evidence & assumptions).

  • Structuring an extended essay.

  • Putting into practice your critique

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 4000-WORD ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

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

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • 4000-word essay

Formative assessment

Essay plan and bibliography


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

  • To provide you with critical tools with which to address a range of musicological writing
  • To develop in you the ability to communicate clearly in writing your analysis of a particular question in contemporary musicology.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Communicate a deep understanding of a particular area of contemporary musicology. K
002 Demonstrate a convincing understanding of the practice of contemporary musicology. K
003 Demonstrate self-critical learning K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

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 and 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 2 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.