MUS4216 – Methodological Topic: History and Analysis

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Course content

The course covers most of the historical and aesthetic dimensions of musicology. In addition, it will be taught in note-based and performance-oriented musical analysis within all genres. The course is divided into the following main areas:

  • Historiography
  • Music analysis (western classical music, pop and jazz music)
  • Performativity and sound
  • Hermeneutics / interpretation theory
  • Aesthetics

Learning outcome

On successful completion of the course, the students will have:

  • developed an understanding of (cultural) historical connections that surround musical practices and scholarship
  • become aware of the importance of developing historiographical and analytical tools in relation to the sounding music and its cultures
  • gained theoretical and interpretative frameworks to reflect on the character and substance of music and musical experiences.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master's programme in musicology at the University of Oslo


8 double lessons lectures on the topics:

  • Music analysis - 4 double lessons
  • Source criticism - 1 double lesson
  • Hermeneutics / Interpretation theory - 1 double lesson
  • Historiography - 2 double hours

12 seminar hours.

One obligatory seminar presentation and four qualification assignements must be approved by the course tutor in order for a student to take the final exam. One assignment shall be written in each of the following four fields: music analysis (art music); music analysis (popular music); historiography; hermeneutics and / or source criticism.


Final term paper (15 pages, each containing approx. 2.300 characters, spaces not included) to be handed in by a specified deadline at the end of the semester.

The assessment criteria for MUS4216 can be found here.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You submit your term paper in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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