Universiteit Leiden
The Importance and Power of Music in our Society
Universiteit Leiden

The Importance and Power of Music in our Society

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Marcel Cobussen
Hafez Ismaïli M'Hamdi

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19 hours to complete
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There are 5 modules in this course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about the various roles, functions, and positions music can have in our contemporary society. Before you start this course we invite you to first go through the introduction and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck and we hope you will enjoy studying in this course!

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2 videos4 readings2 discussion prompts1 plugin

What do you think about background music? Does it disturb you or does it create a nice atmosphere? Do you think there is too much music played all day long? And why do people play music? In this first module we will basically discuss and reflect on three interrelated items: (1) How and why music is omnipresent in our contemporary society; (2) Music's influence on the specific atmosphere of a space; (3) How music affects and is affected by other societal developments.

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7 videos1 reading1 peer review4 discussion prompts

How does music affect identity and how does identity influence music? Is music only an expression of personal taste or is there more to say about this relation? In this module we will discuss and explore the relation between music and identity. We'll do this by discussing (1) how music influences personal identity and (2) how music influences collective identity and (3) how the 'structure of society' influences music as well as identity.

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9 videos3 readings2 quizzes1 peer review3 discussion prompts

In this module we will investigate and discuss the relation between music and politics: how music affects politics and how it is affected by politics. Music may support political organizations and governmental institutions, it has the power to discipline the behavior of groups and individuals, but it can also act as a form of protest against a political status quo or dominant (political) discourses.

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9 videos3 readings3 quizzes1 peer review6 discussion prompts

In this module we will explore the relation between music and ethics. Music influences behavior and certain judgments of behavior are ethical judgments. We will explore the relation between aesthetic good and ethical good music. We will discuss how hospitality can evoke a fruitful attitude towards music. We will discuss the role of music in human flourishing.

What's included

9 videos2 readings2 quizzes1 peer review7 discussion prompts


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4.5 (10 ratings)
Marcel Cobussen
Universiteit Leiden
1 Course12,640 learners
Hafez Ismaïli M'Hamdi
Universiteit Leiden
1 Course12,640 learners

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