MUSICOL 2002 - Musicology 2B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Through lectures and in-class discussions, readings, and assignments, and building upon material introduced in Musicology I, this course provides students with basic understanding of the intellectual development, key concepts and skills, and examples of research from the co-disciplines of ethnomusicology and musicology. Case studies involve examinations of Western and non-Western musics, including traditional, classical, and contemporary forms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 2002
    Course Musicology 2B
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSICOL 2001
    Incompatible MUSST 2002
    Assumed Knowledge Ability to read music
    Quota 24
    Assessment Practical and/or written assignment related to fieldwork or archival research 20%, 3000 word essay including a formal research proposal 40%, 15-20 minute oral presentation of research 20%, 60-90 minute exam 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Steven Knopoff (

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Understanding of the history and intellectual development in the co-disciplines of ethnomusicology and musicology.
    2 Understanding of varied approaches to music research through consideration of case studies of Western and non-Western, notated and oral, and traditional and contemporary music practices.
    3 Development of an understanding of both the varied and overlapping realms of musical aesthetics and ethics.
    4 Development of music research skills related to planning essays and confidence in written and oral communication.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Reader
    Assigned readings may be found in the Course Reader, which can NOW ONLY be purchased from the new Online Shop. Login to Unified and click on the Online Shop icon in the left hand side of the Home page. As soon as the course reader is printed and available, it will be published on the Online Shop where students can order and pay and then COLLECT their reader from Image & Copy Centre (level 1, Hughes Building).
    Recommended Resources
    The electronic Music Resources Guide ( ) contains quick links to key music databases for scholarly research and online listening. It also contains links to websites of publicly available online scores, collected editions, and professional associations. Here too you can find a regularly updated list of new books, scores, CDs and DVDs available in the Elder Music Library.

    Oxford Music Online is a portal that enables searching in Grove Music Online and other Oxford reference content in the one location. Students can access Oxford Music Online which houses Grove Music Online through the link on the Elder Music Library website at:
    Grove Music Online [electronic resource] can also be located as a title search through the library catalogue. The 29-volume print copy is available from the Elder Music Library's reserve collection.
    Online Learning
    Course documents including questions for the readings, assignments and other information will be available in the MyUni course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures and seminars will address the information and aims set out in the Course Description and will be structured to allow students to develop analytical and written/oral presentational skills through in-class discussion and formal presentations.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to the 3 contact hours per week, it is anticipated that students would spend 6-8 hours per week to prepare the weekly readings, preparing the assignments, and revising for the in-class exam.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Exploration of Aesthetics and Ethics in Cross-Cultural Music

    The following schedule is indicative of the topics in this course. Some topics and ordering of topics may vary.
    Week 1 Introduction to the Course
    Writing About Music
    Developing Your Research Proposal
    Week 2 Cross-Cultural Borrowing in 20th C. Art Music: Fanshawe's African Sanctus
    Week 3 The Use of Non-Western Music in Western Pop: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Copyright
    Week 4 'Chineseness' in the compositions of Law Wing Fai
    Week 5 Issues of Creativity, Adaption and Ethnicity in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
    Week 6 Contextualising the Use of Aboriginal Music in Compositions of Peter Sculthorpe
    Week 7 The Didjeridu: Issues of Authenticity in Contemporary Practice
    Week 8 'Liveness', Authenticity and the Encultured Meaning of Live and Recorded Performance
    Week 9 Introduction to Musicological Fieldwork
    Week 10 Introduction to Musicological Fieldwork, continued
    Week 11 Student Presentations
    Week 12 Student Presentations
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting Date Learning Outcome
    Review 15% Set in Week 1

    DUE in Week 4
    3, 4
    Essay Proposal 10% Set in Week 2

    DUE in Week 7
    1, 2, 4
    In-class Exam 20% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4
    Oral Presentation 15% Weeks 11-12 1, 2, 4
    Essay 40% DUE in Week 14 1, 2, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Active presence at 100% of the class sessions is expected. Any student who misses more than two class sessions (certified medical or prior-approved compassionate/professional absences excepted) may be excluded from exam assessment. Applications for leave should be made using the following pro-forma:

    Assessment Detail
    REVIEW (15% weighting)
    REVIEW LENGTH: 1000 words
    A review of a musical activity, publication, recording, website or fieldwork experience that applies information from discussions on writing about music. Detailed instructions for the review will be distributed in class in Week 1.

    ESSAY PROPOSAL (10% weighting)
    The topic for your essay (and oral presentation) will draw on issues or case studies from the semester or examine an area of personal musical interest. The topic should ask a question to allow focused discussion with careful argument and interpretation rather than general description
    Detailed guidelines for the essay proposal will be distributed in class in Week 2.

    IN-CLASS EXAM (20% weighting)
    The exam will be issues-based and will involve themes and examples drawing on readings and class session material presented in Weeks 2-8.

    ORAL PRESENTATION (15% weighting)
    PRESENTATION DATES: WEEKS 11-12 (allocation of days/times for each student's presentation will be assigned in class in Week 6)

    ESSAY (40% weighting)
    ESSAY DUE: WEEk 14
    Once the Essay Proposal has been approved, students will continue researching and writing the essay in accord with instructions distributed earlier in the semester.
    Assignments should be submitted electronically as .pdf via MyUni, by 5:00 p.m. on the specificied due date.

    Late assignment policy: Extensions are only granted when supporting documentation can be provided and then, and only then, by arrangement with the course lecturer prior to the due date and time. Extensions will not be granted under any other circumstance. Assessed work that is submitted late (after the due date and time) will not be examined for assessment or feedback.
    In the case of illness this will require a medical certificate, and in the case of personal (non-medical) circumstances you will need a letter of support from a University Student Counsellor. For further information please refer to the following website:

    Students will receive feedback on their assessment tasks.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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