Sacred Sound in South Asia

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FHEQ Level
School of Arts & Department of Music

Module overview

    The module will seek to understand how musical and religious experience inform each other in India and the South Asian region, with reference a number of religious traditions including Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.

    Objectives and learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate: 

    • knowledge and understanding in depth of the relationship between music and some of the major religious traditions of South Asia.
    • an understanding of how religious and musical concepts, practices and experiences inform each other.
    • an ability to bring evidence and critical thought to bear on the analysis of this relationship, demonstrated in written work and oral presentations.


    • Lectures: 1 hour per week
    • Seminars: 1 hour per week

    Method of assessment

    • 1,000-word essay (worth 30% of marks)
    • 2,000-word essay (worth 70%)


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