MUSA332-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Musics of the World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


This course examines music-making in a range of communities in diverse geographical regions, and provides develops concepts and skills in 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
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


One of MUSA231-234.


Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 A8 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A7
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 A7
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 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
• 35 hours preparing the seminar and written paper
• 44 hours completing assigned reading and listening tasks
• 15 hours of self-directed study

Course Coordinator

Francis Yapp


Justin DeHart and Reuben de Lautour

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* 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 MUSA332 Occurrences

  • MUSA332-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021