Sociology and Philosophy of Music

lmusi1530  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Sociology and Philosophy of Music
5 credits
37.5 h
Q1

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Language
French
Prerequisites
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Main themes
  • Acquisition of fundamental notions in sociology of music.
  • Acquisition of fundamental notions in terms of philosophy and musical aesthetics.
  • To perceive the big stakes of the mass musical diffusion
  • Study of the main currents of the philosophy of music, from Antiquity to the present day.
  • Definition and understanding of key terms in philosophy and sociology of music (notions of beauty, taste, musical pleasure, emotion, style, active listening, time, imitation, etc.). notions of media, broadcasting, social group, etc.)
 
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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The student will have to be able to understand the problems and issues of musical philosophy after having gone through the great historical developments of basic notions in the field.
The student will have to master the fundamental notions in terms of sociology of music and perceive the big stakes of the mass musical diffusion.
This path will allow him to gain a sufficient distance to deepen his own critical approach to the art of music.
 
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled ¿Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit¿.
 
 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
This teaching unit is divided into two parts.
  • The philosophical part approaches a history of the philosophy of music from the texts of philosophers, writers, theoreticians and musicians. The major concepts of aesthetics (ontology, time and space, language, reason-emotion, mimesis ...) will be defined during the presentation and then taken again in synthesis, so that the student can forge his own critical vocabulary. 
  • The sociological part analyzes the major issues of the sociology of music in the 21st century, after some historical markings that describe the emergence of this discipline. Through the relationships between the creator, the performer and the audience, the issues of classical music such as popular music or jazz music will be tackled. Musical cultural practices specific to our Western society will be considered (music as a vector of social values). As part of this analysis, it will act to understand and analyze the contemporary sound and musical environment, through its multiple expressions: recordings, radio, TV, cinema, planned functional music (Muzak), advertising, multimedia, internet (download, podcast), etc. The focus will be on the relationship between music and the mass media.
 
Teaching methods
Magistral course. Many sound, visual and textual examples are proposed.
Evaluation methods
Written exam
Other information
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Bibliography
Des indications bibliographiques sont données lors du cours et mentionnées sur le site Moodle
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology


Minor in Culture and Creation

Minor in Musicology