Music and Society

Course Number: 103*/3.0 3L (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Instructor(s): Dr. Margaret Walker

Term(s): A

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 8.30-9.30, T: 10.30-11.30, Th: 9.30-10.30

Room: HLH 124

Calendar Description

An introductory examination of the fundamental place of music in human society through a broad survey of music systems from around the world, as well as foundations in the critical listening, research, and writing skills used in music scholarship.


NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.

NOTE Students registered in the MUSC Minor/General Plan should not enrol in this course.

NOTE Students holding First-Class Honours standing in the Royal Conservatory Grade II Rudiments may enrol in the course with permission of the School.


Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • PREREQUISITE A grade of A- in MUSC P52/3.0.
  • COREQUISITE MUSC 191/6.0

Additional Information

MUSC 103 follows a topical approach focusing on a range of musical cultures throughout the world with an emphasis on non Western musics. In addition, the course introduces students to important concepts of musical study – critical listening, transmission processes, contextual considerations, and ideas surrounding music scholarship. It is the intention of the course to combine the examination of these concepts with illustrations from specific world music cultures, thereby exploring issues of cultural diversity and human universals and understanding the roles music-making can play in both.

Course requirements include reading and listening from a standard text, and evaluation is based on a short assignment, a mid term test, an essay, and a final examination.