Level of Study
Place of Instruction
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.
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
Recommended Previous Knowledge
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.
Letter grade from A to F
Approx. 800 pages as well as audiovisual examples
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the quality assurance system guidelines for the University of Bergen
Griegakademiet - Institutt for musikk. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Type of assessment: Semester paper
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam