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Department of Music

Music in Religion

Course Code:
155800054
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 2

An overview of the role of music in selected Asian and African religious traditions. The component lectures will vary from year to year, and will be co-taught. Topics may include music in relation to:

  • Islam, 
  • Judaism, 
  • Confucianism, 
  • Christianity, 
  • East Asian Buddhism, 
  • trance and shamanism, 
  • Africa (spirit possession), 
  • South Asia, 
  • and Japanese “new religions”.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of the course is to offer an pverview  of the role of music in selected Asian and African religious traditions. The aim is to consider the different ways in which music is used, the affective power that music is considered to impart, and the integral nature of music. 

Workload

Two hours per week in Term 2

Method of assessment

Exam 50%, coursework (15% & 35%)