Finland, Helsinki

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

when 6 August 2019 - 22 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 990

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, then on its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. A number of lectures will be devoted to HM in Finland, where this genre had a particularly successful span in recent times, and characterises musical culture more than in other European or non-European countries.

Course leader

The course is given by PhD candidate Paolo Ribaldini, University of Helsinki, whose research topic is HM music, and whose educational background involves classical and popular music practice, musicology, philosophy, and philosophy of music.

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Target group

The course aims to be as multidisciplinary as possible, encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students of musical practice, musicology, social studies, semiotics, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language studies, gender studies and pedagogy.

Familiarity with music theory is considered a noticeable asset, although it is not mandatory.

Course aim

The students will appreciate the importance of heavy metal music in Western musical culture, its historical development and the characteristics of the subculture related to the music. This subculture is particularly strong in Finland, and Finnish HM is recognised worldwide as a key manifestation of this musical style. The students will also achieve competences in music theory, sociology of music, music semiotics and cultural studies. Furthermore, the course gives them a solid basis to critically understand popular music genres other than HM.

Fee info

EUR 990: Degree and PhD students
EUR 1490: Professionals