Introduction to World Music

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HUM 165

       Course Name: Introduction to World Music

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces world music. Content includes musical performance, instruments, basic music theory, and the cultural significance of music; several Asian, Middle Eastern, and African cultures will be considered.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To develop a greater understanding of and respect for non-Western cultures through studying their music.
  2. To achieve an understanding of music concepts such as melody, rhythm, and organization that can be applied to the study of each musical style.
  3. To provide experiences that will enable the learners to gain knowledge and the ability to recognize the principal characteristics of each cultural style.
  4. To provide experiences that will enable the learners to function independently as music listeners throughout their lives.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

  1. Universal Human Needs
  2. Theories of Music's Origin
  3. Ancient Music Systems
  4. Psychological and Functional Aspects of Music
  5. Definitions of Music
  6. Coexistence of Theories and Function
  7. Cultural/Social Principle of Multicultural music
  8. Performance Practices
  9. Construction Elements and Sound Organization
  10. Selected Cultural Areas
  11. Oceania/Pacific Islands (Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand)
  12. East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam)
  13. South Asia (India, Pakistan)
  14. North Africa/Near East (Algeria, Libya, Morocco)
  15. Methods of Instruction
  16. 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

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  1. Class attendance
  2. Participation in class discussion
  3. Textbook and supplemental readings
  4. Student projects and papers involving at least 15 pages of writing
  5. Concert attendance
  6. Quizzes and a final exam
  7. Special policies about make-up exams, late papers, or other matters of concern

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.


X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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  1. Quizzes/Exams
  2. Journal/Essays
  3. Final Project
  4. Components of grade

XI.   Other Course Information

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.