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MCGY5601: Music Through Ethnography

As an analytical method, ethnography concentrates on the experience of life as it is lived. Following the development of the fieldwork-based discipline of ethnomusicology, ethnographic approaches to music have come to examine: historical and archival data, objects and artefacts in collections, cyber networks, digital communications, and medical and therapeutic understandings of sound, among other aspects of everyday life. This unit of study engages ethnographic methodologies to examine the myriad ways music informs and enriches people's lives and contributes to defining how humans flourish in their natural, social and cultural environments.

Code MCGY5601
Academic unit Musicology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate critical and practical engagement with key topics, issues and analytical techniques and approaches that musical ethnographers employ
  • LO2. demonstrate familiarity with features and qualities that distinguish ethnographic thinking and modes of documentation
  • LO3. successfully apply ethnographic techniques in the gathering of data through an interview, and through analysis and writing
  • LO4. usefully and appropriately incorporate ethnographic approaches into the research design of your own thesis topic or another musicology topic of your choice.

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