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MUSIC IN HISTORY AND SOCIETY

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: MHS1511, MHS1512
NQF Level: 6: MHS2611, MHS2612, MHS2614
NQF Level: 7: MHS3701, MHS3702, MHS3703, MHS3704, MHS3713
It is advised that students have regular access to a computer for the above mentioned modules. Students who have completed MHS2601 will be exempted from MHS2613, and for MHS2605 will be exempted from MHS2614.

Music in Postcolonial Africa - MHS2612
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MHS1512 or MHS1502
Recommendation: Should be taken together with or follow on MHS1512 or MHS1502
Purpose: Qualifying students will be introduced to histories of selected independence movements in Africa and their musical interconnections, debates on post-colonial thought, globalization, and technological influences on African music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will also be able to identify and discuss the characteristics of the various music genres studied in the module, and especially cross cultural, political, economic and religious influences.
Music Business - MHS2613
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Recommendation: Should be taken together with or follow on MNB1501
Purpose: The purpose of this module is to ensure that students are able to practice entrepreneurship within the music industry. Students gain knowledge and insight into the South African music industry, the entities and personnel involved in the music industry, and how each of these functions, and will be able to identify music entrepreneurship opportunities. Issues of copyright, marketing and the impact of music technology is also covered in the module.
Jazz Studies - MHS2614
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Qualifying students will be able to explore a range of genres in jazz music history, both local (South African) and international. Furthermore, students will grasp historical and contemporary approaches to the study of jazz from both a South African and an American perspective. Students will also explore the diversity of jazz styles through selected past and present musical works, and literature pertaining to the world of jazz music-making in history and society.
Music in Religion - MHS3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce students to some of the ways in which music is (and has been) used in a variety of religious traditions and enable them to explore and assess those musics with insight.
Opera - MHS3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to explore the world of opera since the early 17th century and gain a critical understanding of musical, literary, gender, social, political and other issues presented in selected operas.
Music and Gender - MHS3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to explore aspects of music and gender throughout history, within various cultures, musical professions and musical life as a whole.
Music in South Africa - MHS3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable student to gain insight into the multi-faceted nature of South African music, especially how this music relates to cultural, political and social attitudes.
Modernism and Twentieth Century Music (offered from 2021) - MHS3711
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Pre-requisite: MHS2611 or MHS2604
Purpose: Qualifying students will acquire an advanced knowledge of digital audio technology. It will be of particular use to composers, arrangers and performers who wish to specialize in the use of music in a digital environment, as well as to students of multimedia who wish to incorporate recorded or synthesized sound elements into their work. Furthermore, qualifying students will be able to exploit digital audio hardware and software to record, edit, mix and master their own digital audio music projects, and are able to engage in common digital audio-related industry projects such as sound design and scoring for a range of media including film, TV and computer games.
Theory of African Music (offered from 2021) - MHS3712
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in
Pre-requisite: MHS2612
Purpose: Qualifying students will be introduced to histories of Western instrumental art music in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and to the composers and musical genres that developed in relation to particular socio-economic and political conditions. Students will be able to identify and discuss the characteristics of the various music genres and movements of experimentalism, impressionism, primitivism, expressionism, cross-culturalism, serialism, experimentalism, minimalism, and post-minimalism, and frame these within larger intellectual movements such as modernism, postmodernism.
Psychology of Music - MHS3713
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: PYC1501 (Not Applicable to 02305 MA1)
Recommendation: CST1511 or UNISA Grade 5 in Music theory.
Purpose: Qualifying students will learn to apply concepts, theories and approaches to the psychology of music. Students will acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to the sub-fields of music psychology, including acoustics, music perception and cognition, neuroscience of music, emotion and meaning in music, music acquisition, music and language, and music therapy. Qualifying students will be competent to analyse musical structures using methods of cognitive music theory. The module prepares students for advanced studies in the psychology of music at postgraduate level.
Early Music to Baroque - MHS1511
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Qualifying students will be introduced to histories of Western vocal and instrumental art music from Antiquity through to the Baroque (up to 1750), and to the composers and musical genres that developed in relation to particular socio-economic conditions during this period. Students will be able to identify, interpret and discuss the characteristics of the various music genres and forms studied in the module, including: the mass, motet, madrigal, dance suite, da capo aria, fugue, opera, oratorio, and concerto grosso, as well as a range of other vocal and instrumental genres specific to this period. Qualifying students will be able to situate such genres within the frame of larger intellectual movements from Antiquity, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.
Opera and Choral Music (offered from 2021) - MHS3714
Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English,Afrikaans
Pre-requisite: MHS2611
Purpose: Qualifying students will be able to discuss historical facts about vocal music from the Seventeenth Century to the Present. Students will be able to differentiate between various vocal styles and traditions, including: Oratorios, Lieder (Art Song), Operas, Operettas, Musicals and Popular Song. In addition they should show understanding of the relationship between the vocal traditions studied, their cultural history and the role of economic and socio-political dynamics affecting their development, the roles of leading composers, and the relationship between vocal music and other (musical) arts and the environment from which they emerged.
Introduction to African Music - MHS1512
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Qualifying students will be introduced to debates on pre-colonial and colonial musical cultures in Africa. Furthermore, these students will explore specific music genres ranging from Central, East, North, South, and West African cultures. Qualifying students will also be able to analyse cross cultural, political, economic and religious influences on African music.
Popular Music (offered from 2021) - MHS3715
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: Qualifying students will be competent to analyze select popular music genres from the twentieth century to the present in relation to historical and technological developments. Students will be able to compare and contrast the characteristic features of selected genres, including tin pan alley, blues, rock, reggae, punk, funk, hip hop, rap, disco, and dance music. In addition, they will be able to demonstrate the relationship between popular music and society, and to explain the roles of key artists, events, albums, record labels, technologies and historical and cultural developments in the development of twentieth and twenty-first century popular music. In addition, qualifying students will be able to summarize, discuss and critically evaluate key debates and approaches in the field of Popular Music Studies and apply these to their own work.
Music and Society - MHS2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce students to contemporary thinking on the roles that music plays in society today in a variety of musical cultures and enable them to understand and explore the effects music has had upon society and the effects that society has had upon music.
Music and Patronage - MHS2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to understand and analyse the role of patronage as an agent that informs music in a range of cultural contexts.
Music in Vienna from the Late 18th Century - MHS2604
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to explore the multi-faceted musical history of a significant urban environment through engaging with various aspects of music-making including performance, composition, publication, aesthetic theorizing, instrument manufacturing and the rise of concert societies and educational institutions for music.
Classic and Romantic Music - MHS2611
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: MHS1511 or MHS1501
Purpose: Qualifying students will be introduced to histories of Western instrumental art music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to the composers and musical genres that developed in relation to particular socio-economic and political conditions. Students will be able to identify and discuss the characteristics of the various music genres studied in the module, including the suite, sonata, string quartet, concerto, and symphony, as well as a range of smaller solo instrumental genres for piano and assorted instruments, and to situate such genres within the frame of larger intellectual movements such as Enlightenment and Romanticism.