School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: SA-192 Semester: 3st
Course Title: Anthropology of Music
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: Compulsory
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: No
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: Through the analysis of the multiple uses of music in different cultures, we will explain why the anthropology of music is currently not a discipline based on a particular “object” of study (that is, music in “other” cultures), but rather a wider theoretical perspective, which reconstructs the ways we consider music in general as a field of producing and negotiating cultural meanings, social practices and power relations.
    AIMS OF THE COURSE: Introduction to musical ethnography and ethnography of performance. Systematic study of tropical rainforest societies as a characteristic ethnographic example of the anthropological perspective on music.

    General Competences: Work autonomously.
    Appreciate diversity and multiculturality.
    Be critical and self-critical.
    Advance free, creative and causative thinking.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    In this course, we examine the ways the anthropological perspective has been applied to the study of music. We consider the social and symbolic aspects of music in culture and music as culture. We approach music not as an autonomous artistic form of sound organisation, but as a social and a cultural phenomenon, focusing on the multiplicity of the symbolic meanings of musical performances in various societies, as well as in different contexts of a single society.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Student have access on EClass.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Personal study 83
    End of semester exam 3
    Course total: 125
    Student performance evaluation: Paper (optional), final written exam


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