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Semester 1

Music, Racism and Western Ideology (MUSI10116)

Subject

Music

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Visiting students' eligibility for this 3rd year Music course (including any required Music background) will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, though. **Spaces on Music courses are limited in 2022/23, and so enrolment cannot be guaranteed for any visiting student**

Course Summary

This course supports students to critically reflect on the ways in which music and racism intersect in western ideology and discourse, tracing both historical developments from the eighteenth century forward in addition to considering overt, systematic and structural racisms in musical life and music discourse today. It explores the historical and intellectual roots of racism in Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment Europe, and how these influenced approaches to thinking about music that developed in the same period and still exert a strong influence on musical discourse today.As well as developing their knowledge and understanding of these issues, students will be encouraged to develop responses and strategies in their own practice as musicians, educators, researchers, critics, or in other roles within the creative industries.

Course Description

This course supports students to critically reflect on the ways in which music and racism intersect in western ideology and discourse, tracing both historical developments from the eighteenth century forward in addition to considering overt, systematic and structural racisms in musical life and music discourse today. As well as developing their knowledge and understanding of these issues, students will be encouraged to develop responses and strategies in their own practice as musicians, educators, researchers, critics, or in other roles within the creative industries. The course begins by clarifying what racism is, and how it impacts on people's life experiences and life chances. It then explores the historical and intellectual roots of racism in Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment Europe, and how these influenced approaches to thinking about music that developed in the same period and still exert a strong influence on musical discourse today. Students will be introduced to a range of recent contributions to music scholarship that address issues such as anti-black racism, antisemitism, antiziganism and anti-Muslim hatred, as well as those which address questions around the decolonisation of musical institutions. The explicit ways in which music has been used by extremist movements to enable racist violence and genocide will also be discussed. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the many ways in which musical practice can be implicated in racism, from racist representations in music through unequal opportunities in musical life to issues related to resource distribution and global inequality. They will learn to communicate effectively and appropriately on these issues, and to consider how to integrate anti-racist and decolonial thinking and strategies into their own work and practice. Although focusing on racism specifically, the theoretical and critical approaches developed in this course will help students address other forms of discrimination and wider issues of equality and social justice. **Initial sessions will focus on developing basic knowledge of what racism is and the impacts of racism on people of colour historically and in the present day. Students will be introduced to a framework for thinking about the discursive and rhetorical structure of racism and Othering, and how this relates to music and sound The historical roots of racism in 18th/19th century thought, and how these relate to contemporaneous developments in musical discourse, will be explored. Later sessions will focus on reading and discussing of published literature on these topics, focusing on but not limited to academic literature.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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