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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ANT2090: Sound and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Tom Rice (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module explores the relationships between culture and the acoustic worlds in which people live. You will consider how the production and reception or interpretation of sound is shaped by human belief and practice. You will consider questions such as: What role does sound play in cultural and social life, past and present, close and distant? Why is a‘sound’ in one community considered to be another's ‘noise’? How do these differences or distinctions change over time? This course draws on material from anthropology and sociology, but also from a wide range of other disciplines including history, social geography and cultural studies. You will be encouraged to think and respond creatively, using listening as a way of accessing social life, and sound recording as a way of documenting or representing it.

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