have a comprehensive understanding of popular music as a complex artistic and social phenomenon
have a comprehensive understanding of musicological theories and methods
have general knowledge of popular music research as a complex and ramified field of study
have the ability to position their own research interests within the field of musicological traditions and to link their masters project to relevant discourses
be able to choose and apply analytical tools that are relevant for their own master`s project
be able to use academic terminology correctly
be able to analyse phenomena in the field of popular music (including sound, culture, performance, technology and industry) with the aid of the most recent research methods
be able to raise relevant and innovative research questions, and thereby gain a voice within the scientific community
be able to contribute to academic discourses and argue offensively, confidently and critically
Musicological theory and method intends to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of musicological research as well as metodological approaches, and also fundamental issues of the philosophy of music and aesthetics. The student should be able to discuss relevant research questions and utilise scientific-theoretical argumentation on popular music as a phenomenon.
principles of musicological research: traditions, schools, analytical and methodological approaches
fundamental issues of the philosophy of music and aesthetics
analytical models relevant to popular music as a sonic phenomenon, the cultural use of popular music, trails of globalisation, popular music in different cultural contexts, popular music as an historical process, popular music as an industry, technological frameworks, performance studies, sound studies
methodological foundations of empirical research, historiography, sociology of music and ethnomusicology
current fields of research in arts and humanities and their relevance for musicological studies
Instruction will be given as group lectures and group work
Attendance is mandatory
Estimated student workload in this course is 27 hours per ECTS credits.
Mandatory attendance is a premise. All work assignments must be passed before the final examination can take place. An overview of the workload will be posted on Canvas at the start of the semester.
Assessment methods and criteria
A written individual examination to be completed and delivered within 14 days
The scope of the topic is expected to be between 10 and 15 pages
Assessed with the grades A-F
The person responsible for the course, 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.