96377 - Philosophy and Musical Aesthetics. Laboratory (1) (A-L)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Maria Semi
  • Credits: 6
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Drama, Art and Music Studies (cod. 5821)

    Also valid for First cycle degree programme (L) in Drama, Art and Music Studies (cod. 0956)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the laboratory the student: is able to use some of the concepts he/she came in contact with, by applying them to specific contexts and experiences; by select reading he/she has some knowledge of the discipline-specific vocabulary and is able to use it in his/her written assignment.

Course contents

Case-study relating to the use of music in the contemporary world.

The laboratory aims at increasing the students' awareness about the uses of music in contemporary society.

Some cases will be analyzed in detail, such as the foundation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (1999) by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim or the production of the album Graceland (1986) by Paul Simon.

Part of the lessons will be devoted to the identification of other possible case-study, based on the students' experiences. These cases will become the object of the final paper assignment.


Philip V. Bohlman, World Music. Una breve introduzione, Torino, EDT, 2006. [Also available in the original English version]

Teaching methods

Lecturing, discussion, group work

Assessment methods

Paper assignment. The paper can deal either with one of the study cases examined during the lessons, or with a case study identified by the student and previously discussed with the teacher.

If the student intends to do the exam orally via Teams, he/she will present his/her paper orally.

If the student wishes to do the written exam, he/she will print the paper and hand it to the professor on the day of the written exam.

Teaching tools

Audio, video, materials shared on Virtuale

Office hours

See the website of Maria Semi


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