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MUSV1100 - Music and Motion: Africa, the Atlantic and Globalisation

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New from the academic year 2022/2023

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

This is a course that examines the transatlantic flow of music from Africa to other parts of the world, especially the Americas. From the slave trade (15th-19th century), through the colonial era (up to the 20th century), to the period of analogue and digital technologies (up to the present), there has been a flow and exchange of musical elements between Africa and the Americas, and this course highlights how this dynamic is multi-directional, complex, and continuous. We will explore different musical genres, such as Cuban rumba and Ghanaian highlife, that are important for understanding transnational musical motion. We will also critically attend to Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrobeat and its influence on contemporary Afrobeats music in Africa and other parts of the world. Key to the course are certain concepts and ideas - such as syncretism, creolization, diaspora, globalisation, indigenisation, Africanisation - which interrelate and diverge in interesting ways. Aiming for holistic appreciation, the course is based around audio-visual examples, weekly readings, and practical performance elements.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:

Students who complete this course will have:

  • obtained knowledge about the continuous transatlantic flow and exchange of musical elements between Africa and other parts of the world
  • examined and analysed specific genres that emanated from these transatlantic musical exchanges
  • acquired an understanding of theoretical ideas and concepts that explicate the themes explored in this course

Skills:

Students who complete this course will have:

  • developed the ability to cogently articulate their knowledge of the subject of study
  • deepened their aural knowledge and appreciation of specific genres of music examined in this course
  • developed critical skills with which to engage with academic theories that this course underscores
  • further deepened their academic writing skills

Learning methods and activities

This course will consist of lectures based on readings as well as audio-visual case studies. It is expected that students will do the readings and engage with the audio-visual materials before class, as these will serve as basis for the class discussions.

Compulsory assignments

  • Listening test
  • Group project

Further on evaluation

Students are required to submit one semester essay which will be due at the end of the course. The essay should be 6 - 8 pages long, with font size 12, line spacing 1.5.

Students are required to do listening quizzes as the course develops, which will culminate in a listening exam in the middle of the course. Students are required to participate in a group project that will incorporate written and performative elements. Class attendance and participation are key assessment criteria for this course.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUSV2000 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Facts

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I

Coursework

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Musicology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music

Examination

Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
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