After completing the course, PhD candidates will be familiar with and can immerse themselves in literature within ethnomusicology, with an emphasis on globalization issues and theory at a high theoretically level. They are also able, in an adequate fashion, to apply globalization questions within popular music genres in their thesis projects, including confronting or combining different theories as well as reflecting on issues connect to ethics and cultural understanding in this regard.
The course shall, through the curriculum, presentations and teaching, provide an updated overview of ethnomusicology with main emphasis upon globalization questions and theory. Particular emphasis is placed upon globalization questions within popular music genres. Moreover, field work as an ethnomusicological method is addressed, theoretically as well as practically. Included here are questions of ethics and cultural understanding.
In connection with world music research, the PhD candidates will become familiar with relevant subjects discussions involving global perspectives by oral based music practices both in Europe and in non-European areas (for example Indonesia/Bali, Cuba, and Gambia. Examples of themes which are addressed:
Oral based music practices in the North Calotte (Northern Norway, Northern Sweden, Northern Finland, the Kola Peninsula, etc.) in a global perspective.
North Calotte and indigenous peoples issues with a focus on Sami population in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia and their musical and cultural practices.
Global perspectives on musical practices in non-European areas (eg. Indonesia/Bali, Cuba and Gambia).
Globalization questions in jazz and popular music research.
There are four gatherings, each lasting two days. The gatherings will comprise practical exercises, lectures, seminar discussions and presentations and discussions of papers from the participants.
The candidates will prepare a paper in which connections are made between relevant practical knowledge within the field, relevant literature, and the candidate’s own thesis project. The paper should be a maximum of 10 pages long. The paper shall be made available before the gathering, and is to be presented at it.
The candidate shall provide a prepared commentary on another candidate’s paper.
Assessment methods and criteria
Individual paper in which the candidate’s own thesis work is included to whichever extent this is relevant. The scope is a maximum of 10 pages with spacing, not including references and bibliography. The submitted paper will be assessed by the individual with course responsibility and an external examiner. If the paper is assessed as a fail, a reason for this will be provided, as well as advice with regard to making improvements, and a new submission deadline given.
Assessed with the grade: pass/fail
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.