Music, Culture and Society

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Music, Culture and Society

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    While the experience of listening to music is fleeting, the discourses and artifacts of musical performance are rooted firmly in the conventions, conditions, and institutions of human society. In this module students will be introduced to the ways in which music is situated in social and historical conditions. Students will also be introduced to the ways in which scholars understand music's relationship to culture, including methods derived from musicology, music analysis, and ethnomusicology. We will approach this by examining a series of topics, such as recorded vs. live music, musical institutions and patronage, and music and politics, with an emphasis on a small number of works to be studied in detail. Genres covered include classical, popular, and non-Western musics.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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