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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: