Undergraduate course

Music in World Cultures

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMUG105
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course presents a survey of music in selected cultures of the world, drawing from areas including Native America, Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Middle East, and Latin America. The course will also present an overview of research methods in ethnomusicology, which the students will apply in their own individual field work research projects. The course should be of interest to students in music and other students in the humanities.

Learning Outcomes

Students who have completed the course:

  • can recognize and place specific musical traditions within their cultural, geographical, historical and stylisitic contexts
  • apply ethnomusicological concepts and methods to the study of music in their own society

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowedge of music theory, but this does not need to be formally documented.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students in subjects within the humanities and/or social sciences.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

One semester of lectures including listening examples.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students will carry out and report on, in both written and oral form, a fieldwork project on a local musical culture.

Two assignments totalling 4000-6000 words (12-15 pages doublespaced).

All mandatory instruction must be completed and approved of before the exam. All instruction is compulsory. Absence of more than 20% leads to loss of right to take the exam. Approved compulsory activities are valid for 2 semesters after they are completed.

Forms of Assessment

Grading of assignment portfolio. The student will turn in 2 assignments totalling 4000-6000 words (12-15 pages doublespaced).

Internal evaluation. All assignments must be completed with a passing grade.

Grading Scale

Letter grade from A to F.

Reading List

Approx. 800 pages as well as listening examples.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be carried out in the form of a questionnaire. A written report will be made.


Contact Information

Griegakademiet - Institutt for musikk. Email: studieveileder@kmd.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assessment

    Examination system
    Digital exam
    • Exam part: Assignment 1

    • Exam part: Portfolio assignment 2