Bible paper by Dave Bullock CC BY 2.0

Teacher: Heli Reimann PhD, postdoc researcher, University of the Arts, Helsinki

The course is open for all University of Helsinki degree and exchange students.

Please note:
-Teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so please check course-specific information before the start of the course.
-Registration is binding. In case you cannot participate, please cancel your participation in WebOodi. After end of registration time, contact the planning officer (see contact information below) for cancellation.
-In case the registration period has ended, but you wish to participate, please turn to the planning officer (see contact information below).

The aim of the current course is to introduce selected manifestations of popular music in the context of Estonian cultural history. Each lecture will initially conceptualise the cultural/historical phenomenon under investigation, then introduce its manifestation in the Estonian context and finally illustrate the subject with particular examples chosen from Estonian popular music. Example case studies will also aim to introduce contemporary methodologies of popular music research.

Outline (updated 20.3.):
1. Nationalism, national narrative and music. Musical video ‘It is bad to be Estonian.’
2. Politics and music. Late-Stalinist era, Sovietization, cold war public/private divide, rupture of jazz.
3. Music festival culture. Jazz festival Tallinn 1967. Mnemohistory, event and presentism.
4. Patriotism and music. Songs of singing revolution (Tõnis Mägi ‘Dawn’). Chalice—‘My people’.
5. Alcohol and music. Onu Bella, Öökülm.
6. New spirituality and music. Oleg Pissarenko.
7. Eurovision song contest and national branding.
8. Celebrity culture and music. Celebrity studies. Jaak Joala

Due to an interdisciplinary approach and the global nature of the selected themes, the course is arranged those interested in contemporary issues related to popular music, music’s sociocultural meaning and acquiring methodological tools for analysing popular culture and music. Course might be of interest to students of musicology, cultural studies, cultural history, Soviet Studies.

Lectures 16 h, reading, Lecture diary or essay

Realisation and working methods :
Reading and other eventual material will be posted to Moodle. ECEBB Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: Moodle instructions will be sent to your University of Helsinki email address (

Course can be also accepted as:
• KUKA-AL217
• TTK-MU230, TTM-MU320
• ENS-338
• ExpREES optional studies
• Please note that in most BA/MA programmes you can transfer credits to optional studies. In case you wish to transfer the credits to some other study unit please contact the teacher responsible for the study unit / module or BA/MA programme
• This course is part of the Bachelor’s programme for Cultrural Studies programme, but it can also be accepted as MA level study units (for example TTM-MU320, ExpREES optional studies)

Other information:
This course is organised by the Aleksanteri Institute East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB). You can specialize in ECEBB in Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. ECEBB can also be taken as two study modules, ECEBB I (KUKA-IK500, 30 ECTS) and ECEBB II (ALKU-IK530, 15 ECTS). The enrolment key will also appear at the Course page when the course begins.

Contact person: ECEBB Planning Officer minna.oroza at

19.12.2018 at 16:00 - 2.5.2019 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 6.5.2019
10:15 - 13:45
Tue 7.5.2019
10:15 - 13:45
Wed 8.5.2019
08:15 - 11:45
Thu 9.5.2019
08:15 - 11:45


Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelijalla on kattavat perustiedot ja ymmärrys Baltian alueen historiallisesta kehityksestä, kulttuurisesta ympäristöstä sekä menneisyyden merkityksestä alueen maiden ja niiden yhteiskuntien rakentumisessa.

Opintojaksossa perehdytään Baltian alueen ja sen maiden historian käännekohtiin ja niiden poliittisiin ja kulttuurisiin vaikutuksiin sekä analysoidaan menneisyydessä tapahtuneita muutoksia sekä muutosten taustalla olevia poliittisia ja kulttuurisia vaikuttimia. Tarkka sisältö määräytyy kurssikohtaisesti.

Opintojaksossa käytettävä kirjallisuus määräytyy suoritettavan kurssin mukaan.

Opintojakso arvostellaan asteikolla 0-5. Opintojakson arvosana määräytyy suoritustavan (esim. luentokurssi) mukaisesti määriteltyjen tehtävien, aktiivisuuden ja muiden suoritusvaatimusten perusteella. Arviointimenetelmät ovat kiinteässä yhteydessä osaamistavoitteisiin ja opintojakson opetusmenetelmiin.

Opintojaksoon soveltuva luentokurssi, johon sisältyy kirjallisuutta ja kurssin mukaan sovellettuja tehtäviä. Vaihtoehtoisesta suoritustavasta esim. kirjallisuuskuulustelusta tai esseestä sovitaan opintojakson vastuuopettajan kanssa.