Course code MākZ1006
Faculty Vice Rector for Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 32 48
E-courses MākZ1006: Music of the world's peoples I
Course annotation The objective of the course is to present anthropology of music as the science about the role of music in human societies. The course deals with music in culture, from the viewpoint of interaction of sound, behaviour and various other concepts.
Thematically, the course is organized as the study of musical cultural regions, including cultural history, important musical concepts, kinds, forms, characteristics of musical instruments, as well as the related extra-musical phenomena – traditions, theatre, ceremonies etc. A special attention is paid to the world music – the local musical forms, affected by globalization and commercialization.
The regions included are sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Arabian-Persian region, South Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, South East Asia. As a part of the study of the world’s musical cultures, listening experience is offered.
Results Students have learned about the multifaceted role of music in societies, about the relation of music to interaction of sound, behaviour and concepts. Students can recognize the most important components of music culture, and can view their presence in Asian and African cultures. Students recognize musical samples from the regions under discussion, and they can characterize them in terms of region, type and function of music.
Course plan 1. Introduction to anthropology of music: definition, concepts, methods. L4
2. Sub-Saharan Africa. L6
3. Near and Middle East. L4
4. South Asia. L4
5. Central Asia. L4
6. East Asia. L6
7. Southeast Asia. L4
Requirements for obtaining credit points An intermediate written test (50%), and succesfully passed final examination (50%): assessment of theoretical knowledge, and practical listening to musical samples and characterization.
Study programmes Free Elective Courses
Cultural and Social Anthropology
Baltic Philology