Introduction to World Music
I. Course Prefix/Number: HUM 165
Course Name: Introduction to World Music
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
- To develop a greater understanding of and respect for non-Western cultures through studying their music.
- To achieve an understanding of music concepts such as melody, rhythm, and organization that can be applied to the study of each musical style.
- To provide experiences that will enable the learners to gain knowledge and the ability to recognize the principal characteristics of each cultural style.
- To provide experiences that will enable the learners to function independently as music listeners throughout their lives.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Universal Human Needs
- Theories of Music's Origin
- Ancient Music Systems
- Psychological and Functional Aspects of Music
- Definitions of Music
- Coexistence of Theories and Function
- Cultural/Social Principle of Multicultural music
- Performance Practices
- Construction Elements and Sound Organization
- Selected Cultural Areas
- Oceania/Pacific Islands (Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand)
- East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam)
- South Asia (India, Pakistan)
- North Africa/Near East (Algeria, Libya, Morocco)
- Methods of Instruction
- Lecture and discussion with use of multi-media and Internet materials will be emphasized. Live performance and demonstrations will be included when feasible. Field trips may be required.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
(Please include information here about all expectations you have for your students regarding behavior, work, etc. The following are sample topics you may wish to cover. Please be aware that you must require students in this course to produce at least 15 pages of critical written assignments over the course of the semester. These may be assigned in a variety of ways including journals, response papers, field trip projects, etc.)
- Class attendance
- Participation in class discussion
- Textbook and supplemental readings
- Student projects and papers involving at least 15 pages of writing
- Concert attendance
- Quizzes and a final exam
- Special policies about make-up exams, late papers, or other matters of concern
IX. Instructional Materials
Texts: VARIES BY INSTRUCTOR
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
(In this section, please notify students of dates for major exams and projects, and present the percentages or point breakdown of their final grade.)
- Final Project
- Components of grade
XI. Other Course Information
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Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
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