CCHU9049 Arts and Humanities
This course explores cross-cultural classical music and the ways in which it has been reinvented over time. Students will learn how different generations have deliberately or unconsciously chosen what to cherish or reject from the past. Whether it be composers altering their musical language to adhere to the political climate of their time, performers reinterpreting the “great works,” or the music industry repackaging ancient melodies for use in contemporary media, classical music figures in a vast social and cultural landscape that is in a constant state of change. This course examines the history and culture of classical music from the early modern era to the present, focusing on the themes of innovation and tradition, in order to understand the social and cultural processes through which Western art music is made anew again.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completing the course, students will be able to:
- Show how classical music is a product of human experience and in essence is not that different to popular music produced by today’s generation.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical roots of the music discussed and apply a more critical perspective to music in general.
- Apply theories of tradition to the renewal of classical music.
- Critically analyze and interpret events within the cultural context of time and place.
- Demonstrate an ability to source materials and evaluate the evidence in an informed manner.
Offer Semester and Day of Teaching
First semester (Wed)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||45|
|Fieldwork / Visits||4|
|Assessment: Essay / Report writing||45|
Assessment: 100% coursework
|Participation in tutorial discussions||25|
Students will be assigned weekly readings. No more than one article or book chapter per week.