Objectives and Content
Gender and sexuality ¿ linked, though distinct ¿ exist within and are productive of a complex matrix of social and biological ¿facts,¿ and discourses. This course will introduce and examine the ways in which musics and musical discourses are implicated in the constructions of genders and sexualities. It will also consider the connections between such constructions and specifically affective forms of expressive culture.
We will examine these issues through theoretical (sometimes ethnographically or sociologically based) texts, as well as audio/visual materials. Although much of the focus will be on massmediated ¿popular¿ musics of approximately the last century, coming from the industrialized West, we will also engage musics from other historical and geographical locations. This is a theoretical course that require some basic academic level of knowledge. Weekly required readings will likewise be theoretical and often complex.
This is a theoretical course that require some basic academic level of knowledge.
Weekly required readings will likewise be theoretical and often complex.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes:
- has a solid knowledge of several foundational theoretical texts devoted to the critical examination of gender and sexuality.
- can demonstrate a broad knowledge of numerous styles and genres of music from varied historical and geographical locations.
- has the skill to independently work with source materials and theoretical texts to examine the ways in which culturally and historically contextualized musics and musical practices are produced by and productive of constructions and discourses of gender and sexuality.
- has competence in using seminal and contemporary texts in gender and sexuality studies in the critical examination of musics and musical practices.
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
One semester of lectures including audiovisual examples.
- Participation in in-class discussion seminar devoted to students' papers.
- In advance of each lecture, it is expected that the students read and prepare to discuss the required pensum readings assigned for that meeting.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All mandatory instruction and compulsory requirements must be completed and approved before the exam. Approved obligatory activities are valid for 2 semesters after they are completed.
Forms of Assessment
Term paper of ca. 4500-5000 words. This paper will focus on a specific work, corpus of works, genre/style, and/or theoretical question relevant to the course, and must exhibit that the student has been able to
a) formulate a valid research question;
b) find appropriate academic literature and enlist a relevant theoretical focus to support her/his thesis;
c) correctly and convincingly contextualize her/his analysis with respect to historical and sociocultural variables.
The lectures and the assignments will be given in English. The students are encouraged to write the papers in English, but can choose to write in Norwegian, if preferred.
Internal evaluation with at least two examiners.
Approx. 800 pages of core curriculum, as well as audiovisual examples as course readings, with an additional 200 pages, chosen by the student in consultation with the teacher, related to student¿s final research paper.
The literature list will be available by 01.06. for the Autumn semester and 01.12. for the Spring semester.