HIST2155 - Music and Politics during the Middle Ages 750-1500


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The history of medieval music provides an opportunity to investigate the relationship between political power and cultural activities. The course’s main topic is the interrelationship between ecclesiastical and "governmental" institutions in relation to music and the role of composers. The seminar will also try to answer the question of which function ecclesiastical music played in the political reality of the Middle Ages.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has passed the exams is expected to have the following outcome of his/her studies (in relation to the description of the course, defined as knowledge and abilities): The candidate is informed about the role of music in historical and political contexts during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (800–1600). The candidate has a broad overview about musical and historical tendencies during the period. The candidate is informed about selected musical pieces and their cultural-historical contexts. The candidate has knowlegde about selected historical and musicological methods, original sources and notational practices. The candidate is informed about the social context of music and musicians. The candidate is informed about the relevance of artistic musical articulation in public communication (political and religious) during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Abilities: The candidate is able to analyse selected historical and musicological data and to draw conclusions under interdisciplinary perspectives. The candidate is able to read, reproduce, and to interpret complex historical and musicological litterature in selected examples.

Learning methods and activities

The course starts with an introduction to music and political/cultural history. During the seminar participants are to deliver a short presentation based on an article of their choice selected from a list of relevant literature.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved seminar presentation

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Excerpts of relevant literature and articles will be available during the course in a syllabus ("kompendium") and on its learning.


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn UTS Written examination 100/100 2017-11-29 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 2018-06-06 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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