Histories of Women in Music (W3111)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

In this module we explore the role of women as music makers across genres and epochs, and hence “histories” (plural) of women in music.

The module is not structured as a chronological survey but topics are grouped according to issues of genre and identity, e.g. women in noise music or lesbian approaches to musicology.

The module draws from the fields of musicology, music theory, journalism, feminist studies, and cultural studies.

To take this course you don't need to be able to read music but a familiarity with the basics is recommended. The module and its assessments are self-selecting in terms of prerequisite knowledge.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 20 hours of contact time and 280 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.