Undergraduate Course: Music and State Socialism in the Twentieth Century (MUSI10081)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the role of music in twentieth-century socialist regimes. Students will be introduced to Marxist aesthetics, to the cultural politics of state socialism, and to a broad repertoire of music. The course will examine the reception of music within the context of Cold-War politics, and will consider how music served both as a tool of the state and as a vehicle for opposition. Students will engage in comparative studies of Soviet Bloc countries, Cuba, China and North Korea. Topics that will be covered include nation-building, propaganda, the canon, late socialism, and socialist pop.
Week 1: Socialist art in the early USSR
Week 2: Socialist Realism and the Bourgeois Heritage
Week 3: Years of Terror: Stalin, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev
Week 4: Music and Nation Building: The case of the German Democratic Republic
Week 5: Crossing the Iron Curtain
Week 6: East meets West: Music and the Cold War
Week 7: Music as Opposition: Poland, the Baltics, and the GDR
Week 8: Socialist Pop: Sots Art, Kitsch, and the Aesthetic of Stiob
Week 9: Music as Opposition: Poland, the Baltics, and the GDR.
Week 10: Looking beyond the Soviet Bloc: Cuba, China, and North Korea
Week 11: Music and Post-Socialism: Nostalgia, Eurovision, and Musical Activism
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least three Music courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 3000-word essay (40%) - Week 8
1 x 3000-word essay (40%) - December Examination Period
1 x contribution to class blog (20%) - throughout Semester
||Students receive written feedback within 15 working days of the submission date.
|No Exam Information
| On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. explain the major tenets of Marxist aesthetics;
2. identify the ways in which Marxist aesthetics have been interpreted by socialist regimes;
3. discuss the various roles that music played in state socialism and in the Cold War;
4. analyse a broad musical repertoire in its political and cultural contexts.
|A reading/resource list is available via the course LEARN site.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 x 2-hour seminar each week.
|Course organiser||Dr Elaine Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 8248
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Lyall
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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