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Case Studies in Music History 2 - MUS00088M

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Owen Burton
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

In this module, we examine in detail representative case studies in 20th-century and recent music history. These case studies deal with music and musical practices related to western art music and popular music.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to equip you with knowledge of 20th-century and recent music history, as well as the ability to examine that history in detail from a variety of critical angles. The module is not intended as a comprehensive survey; instead it engages in detail with particular music, trends, practices and historical evidence, and sets these music-related aspects in their social and artistic contexts. You will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to the study of music history through material presented in class and through the preparatory reading and tasks that accompany each session. You will gain a critical understanding of topics within music history and will build an informed basis for their own musicological research throughout the MA programme.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the taught part of the module, you should be able to:

  • Engage in detail with selected case studies in music history

  • Apply a variety of methodologies to the study of different types of music history

  • Draw connections between music, other art forms and society in the context of particular case studies

  • Identify topics in music history that can be developed into original research projects


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive written feedback in line with standard University turnaround times.

Indicative reading

Reading lists to accompany each session will be available at the start of the semester.

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