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Undergraduate course

Russian Music: Concert Hall to Dance Club

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


Teaching semester

Spring, odd years only.

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.

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
  • competence to contextualize broad stylistic and generic areas, as well as individual pieces, within a historical-cultural framework
  • the skill to independently work with source material and analyze works of Russian music within specific historical and sociocultural contexts

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

  • 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 compulsory requirements must be completed and approved before the exam

Forms of Assessment

Term paper of approx. 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 Information

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

Exam information