April 16, 2015

Finnish university goes heavy on the learning

The weight of importance placed on Finnish education is now even heavier! Pictured is a scene from the annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, the biggest metal music festival in the Nordic countries.
The weight of importance placed on Finnish education is now even heavier! Pictured is a scene from the annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, the biggest metal music festival in the Nordic countries.
Aleksi Tuomola / Lehtikuva

Finns continue to take their passion for heavy music to unprecedented levels, with the University of Helsinki now offering a course entitled Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society.

Conducted over three weeks this summer, the primary focus of the course is on the history of the genre and its importance in contemporary Western society.

The course seeks to bring together a range of students from a variety of disciplines to pool their collective knowledge and perspectives.

PhD candidate Paolo Ribaldini is conducting the course. A heavy metal musician and singer himself, Ribaldini recently made waves on television programme The Voice Of Finland.

While classes are slated to commence at the decidedly ‘unmetal’ time of 9 am, the course also includes mandatory attendance to one or two evening metal gigs.

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