MUSICOL 2002 - Music & Tradition in a Global Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course examines how older, traditional forms of music are continuously recombined in new contexts and the ways musicologists have approached the study of these forms. Issues covered include the ways that the sounds and staging of performance, the function of musical performance and the meanings associated with performance can be maintained or changed over time. This course also examines ethical and aesthetic considerations in music which involves cross-cultural appropriation or hybrid forms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSICOL 2002
    Course Music & Tradition in a Global Society
    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 Basic proficiency with reading standard musical notation, but NOT assumed to have experience or proficiency in musical performance
    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 recent developments in the co-disciplines of historical musicology and ethnomusicology.
    2 Understanding of the ways in which traditional forms of music have evolved in an increasingly mass mediated and culturally interconnected world.
    3 Understand a range of approaches to musicological research through consideration of case studies of Western and non-Western, notated and oral, and traditional and contemporary music practices.
    4 Develop an understanding of aesthetics and ethics in contemporary modes of musical practice and music research.
    5 Develop music research skills related to planning essays and confidence in written, oral, and electronic modes of 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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • 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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Essay Proposal Formative and summative 15% 1, 5
    In-class Exam Formative and summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
    20 min In-Class Oral Presentation Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Essay Summative 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    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

    1. ESSAY PROPOSAL (15% 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

    2. IN-CLASS EXAM (25% weighting)
    The exam will be issues-based and will involve themes and examples drawing on readings and class session material used in weeks 2-8.

    3. IN-CLASS ORAL PRESENTATION (25% weighting)

    4. ESSAY (35% weighting)

    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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