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Russian Music: Concert Hall to Dance Club

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMVK230
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Spring

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

This course introduces students to a wide array of Russian musics ¿ ranging from 19th century concert repertoire, to traditional practices, to mass-mediated popular forms ¿ in each case relating specific pieces, genres and/or styles to important historical, political, and cultural contexts. The approximate division of the course, regarding subject area, will be as follows: art music, 25%; traditional music, 25%; popular music (broadly defined) 50%. The course should be of interest to students from a wide range of humanities and social scientific disciplines, including music, Russian language and culture, media studies, and gender studies.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed the course will

  • have broad knowledge of representative styles and genres of Russian music from approximately the mid-19th century to the present day
  • have competence to contextualize broad stylistic and generic areas, as well as individual pieces, within a historical-cultural framework
  • have the skill to independently work with source material and analyze works of Russian music within specific historical and sociocultural contexts.

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

None

Access to the Course

The course is open for all students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

One semester of lectures including audiovisual examples

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance at lectures and seminars. All instruction is obligatory; absence of more than 20% leads to loss of right to take the exam.

  • 4-5 short reading responses spaced throughout the semester (200-300 words each)
  • One mid-semester presentation on course-related topic
  • One end-of-semester presentation related to student¿s term paper (godkjent/ikke godkjent)
  • All mandatory instruction and cumpolsory requirements must be completed and approved before the exam

Forms of Assessment

Term paper of ca. 5000-6000 words. This paper will focus on a specific work or corpus of works, and must exhibit that the student has been able to a) formulate a valid research question b) find appropriate academic literature to support her/his thesis and c) correctly and convincingly contextualize her/his analysis with respect to historical (including political) and/or sociocultural variables

Internal evaluation with at least two examiners.

Grading Scale

Letter grade from A to F

Reading List

Approx. 800 pages as well as audiovisual examples

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the quality assurance system guidelines for the University of Bergen

Contact

Contact Information

Griegakademiet - Institutt for musikk. E-mail: studierettleiar@grieg.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper

    Withdrawal deadline
    15.04.2018
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam