MUSA232-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Musics of the World

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


This course explores musical traditions from a range of geographical regions, and provides an introduction to key concepts for the study of ethnomusicology.

This course aims to introduce students to a range of musical styles and genres from a broad selection of geographical regions, to situate this music in its cultural and social context, and to expose students to various methodologies, perspectives, and critical approaches within the discipline of ethnomusicology.

Topics covered in the course
• Key concepts in ethnomusicology
• South Asia: India and Pakistan
• East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan
• Southeast Asia: Vietnam and Thailand
• The Caribbean
• West Africa
• Traditional and folk music in North America

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will be able to:
  • Knowledge of topics in world music including historical, historical groupings and schools, biographical, social, philosophical and technical aspects of world music composition, development of instruments and performance techniques;
  • Music research techniques including use of music libraries and on-line databases;
  • Library research skills;
  • Some skills in the aural and written analysis of music;
  • Literacy and tertiary study skills
  • Consider the social context within which music is generated and used
  • Critically evaluate the role of music in adapting to—or challenging—historical and political realities in specific cases


MUSA131 or 45 points from the BA Schedule


Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 A7 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 A7 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 A7 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures
• 11 hours attending tutorials
• 35 hours researching and writing the essay
• 10 hours preparing for listening test
• 25 hours preparing the blog post or video
• 44 hours completing assigned reading and listening tasks
• 25 hours of self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Justin DeHart and Reuben de Lautour


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Blog Post or Video 30% Due date: 29 March 2019
Essay (2000 words) 35% Due date:10 May 2019
Listening Test 25% Date: 11am, 31 May 2019
Participation 10% Contribution to tutorial discussion and practical workshops

All written assessments are due at 10pm on the specified date.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $850.00

International fee $3,775.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All MUSA232 Occurrences

  • MUSA232-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019