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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 6.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Mon 13.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Tue 21.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Wed 22.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Mon 27.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Tue 28.5.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Thu 6.6.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Tue 11.6.2019
17:00 - 19:30
Wed 19.6.2019
17:00 - 19:30

Registration and fee

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Open University Summer Courses are free of charge for the undergraduate students of the University of Helsinki who are enlisted as attending students at the time of registration. Free payment does not apply to any material charge.

Registration begins 45 days before the beginning of the course. The exact registration time is shown in the Register button.
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Everyone interested in heavy metal music or music research is welcomed to the course.

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 critique, musical theory, the 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.

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the history of the genre and its importance in contemporary western society. Much attention will be on Finland, where HM is particularly successful and characterises musical culture more than in other European or non-European countries.

Opiskelija tutustuu valittua musiikinlajia, musiikkityyliä tai -kulttuuria koskevaan musiikintutkimukseen. Opintojakson tarkka sisältö riippuu suoritustavasta ja kurssisuorituksen kohdalla kurssin teemasta. Suoritustavan mukaisesti jakso voi painottua tutkimuskirjallisuuteen perehtymiseen tai vahvemmin käytännön analyysiharjoituksiin.

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Lectures 24 hours + essay or exam

Language: English or Finnish. Lectures are in English.

Online learning environment Moodle opens on May 6, 2019.
You get link and course key for the online learning environment Moodle by logging into the study program at the University of Helsinki username on the next day you sign up. You will receive more information on the username after the registration.

3.7.2019 at 16-19
14.8.19 at 16-19
25.9.19 at 17-20

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The study fee includes the examinations mentioned in the study programme.

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