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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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ECTS Credits

15 stp

Level of Study


Teaching semester


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

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes:


The student..

  • has broad knowledge of representative styles and genres of Russian music from approximately the mid-19th century to the present day.


The student..

  • has the skill to independently work with source material and analyze works of Russian music within specific historical and sociocultural contexts.

General competences

The student..

  • has competence to contextualize broad stylistic and generic areas, as well as individual pieces, within a historical-cultural framework.

Required 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

The requirement for attendance to teaching activities is cancelled for the Spring 2021 semester due to the situation with the coronavirus. The course coordinator may assign additional work, for example written or other work, as a substitute. The amount and nature of this work will be in accord with the number of absences the individual student has, such that the learning outcomes in the course may be achieved.

  • 4-5 short reading responses spaced throughout the semester (200-300 words each).
  • One mid-semester presentation on course-related topic (digitally through Zoom).
  • One end-of-semester presentation related to student¿s term paper (digitally through Zoom).


Under normal circumstances "compulsory assignments and attendance" are as follows:

  • 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.

All mandatory instruction and compulsory 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

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.

The literature list will be available by 01.06. for the Autumn semester and 01.12. for the Spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Grieg Academy - Department of Music at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program


The study adviser can be contacted at: studieveileder.kmd@uib.no