Courses in English


MUSI1731 Music, Gender and Sexuality seminar 5 ECTS
Time: period I, Thursdays 12 - 14, 1.9. - 20.10.2016
Place: Virkkunen E104, Minerva (Sirkkala campus)
Why is a “weak” cadenza sometimes referred to as “feminine”? Is Wagner asexual, highly sexual or hypersexual? Is Lady Gaga a Disruptive Diva? Can a person’s sexual orientation or preferences be described through music?
This seminar works as a preliminary course for feminist and queer musicology, where matters of gender, sex, and sexuality are discussed through musical examples and in music culture. In the course, we familiarize ourselves closely with key texts and learn how to discuss and analyze feminist and queer matters in any genre of music. While the course focuses on musical styles such as opera, rock, mainstream pop and film music, students are invited to bring their own examples into discussion also from different genres.

Guidelines: The course consists of 7 sessions. For each session (including the first), the students will read one article/book section which give preliminary understanding of the day’s topic, and in the sessions, further knowledge on the subject matter is brought by the teacher as well as students. Active participation is mandatory. At the end of the course, the students will write an essay of 4-5 pages on the topic of their choosing, discussing a theme from the course (feminist interpretation, critical masculinity, sexuality, etc.) from their own musical interests. The course is meant for advanced or Master level students. Musicology and/or international (PPCS, Erasmus) students will be given priority.
Admission: 12 students. Registretion via e-mail to
Teacher responsible
Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
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MUSI1730 Cultural Study Of Stage Music: Opera, musicals and in-betweeners 3–5 ECTS
Time: period II, Thursdays 12 - 14 starting 27.10.2016
Place: Hovi lecture hall, Sirkkala
Description: This course works as an overall look to theatrical music, mainly opera and musicals. A thematical approach will provide the students a wide understanding of the field of opera and musicals, both classic works and current phenomenons, but also about applying cultural theories and concepts to a wide range of case studies.  Particular methods for researching stage music will be discussed as well.
Guidelines: The course is meant for advanced or Master level students. Participation will include: attending 7 lectures, writing course diaries including one brief analysis of an opera or a musical (3 ECTs), plus an additional essay of a related topic (4-6 pages, 5 ECTs). International students from PCS and musicology will be given priority. The group can discuss going to see an opera or a musical together.
Lecture topics include:
-          Cross-overs (inc. Indigo, Porgy & Bess, Phantom of the opera, Show Boat, Hamilton)
-          Biographical narratives (inc. Einstein on the Beach, Satyagraha, Disney, Hamilton)
-          Alcohol, medicine and substance (ab)use (inc. La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Pohjalaisia, Next to Normal, Hair, Jekyll & Hyde)
-          Sexualities and camp (inc. Lulu, Book of Mormon, Death in Venice, Rent, Wicked)
-          Political extremism, (Neo)Nazism and radicalism (inc. Wagner, Pohjalaisia, The Producers; impact on composers and performers)
-          Death (inc. La Bohéme, Tosca, Rent, Tanz der Vampire, Sweeney Todd)
-          Divas and fandoms (inc. Wicked, Tanz der Vampire; soprano diva cults and fandoms
No registration required.
Teacher responsible
Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
27-Oct-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
MUSI1727 Sounds of Everyday: Stock Music in Contemporary Culture 3–5 ECTS
Time and place will be announced later.
General Description: A multi-million dollar industry exists with the purpose of producing music that people are not supposed to listen to, i.e. consciously apprehend. Nevertheless, this production/library/stock music has the function of subconsciously exerting a persuasive power over the public, whether to buy a commodity, vote for a candidate, or calmly board a plane. The course will examine this ubiquitous music that has such an (extra-)ordinary presence in our everyday lives, from its creation (the composers and their training and motivations), through the product (analysis of the sounds and their interfaces with other media) to its distribution and reception (how it is used and whether it works).
Participation: Lectures, readings, discussions and essay
Teacher responsible
James Deaville
23-Nov-2016 – 10-Dec-2016
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MUSI2183 S2. / PCS S3. Theories and Methods of Popular Culture Studies 3–5 ECTS
Time and Place: Period II,
- Lectures on Thursdays 10-12, starting on 27.10.2016 in lecture room Hovi V105 (Sirkkala campus)
- Seminars on Fridays 12-14 starting on 4.11.2016 in lecture room Salonki V108 (Sirkkala campus)
Learning outcomes: The student is familiar with a selection of the most widely used methods and most influential theories and research directions in popular culture studies.
Contents: The module comprises an overview of some of the most influential theories and methods in popular culture studies. Approaches discussed might include close reading and critical analysis, ethnography, audiovisual analysis, discourse analysis, methods of historical research and other qualitative methods. Theoretical background is covered in readings discussed in weekly seminar meetings and exercises on topics relevant to thesis topics.
Participation in classroom (lectures & seminar discussion), additional readings on the Moodle platform, written exercises and discussion.
Responsible Teacher: John Richardson
Course coordinator: Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
Teachers responsible
John Richardson
Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
27-Oct-2016 –
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MUSI1729 The Politics of Hip Hop 5 ECTS
Time: Period III, Thursdays 14–16 (no lecture 2.3.)
Musicology Hovi lecture room, Artium
Lecturer: Inka Rantakallio
Course content:
During the course, we will examine the “socially conscious” or “political” aspects of hip hop music from a critical, interdisciplinary point of view. Lectures are designed thematically, discussing a wide range of issues and discourses related to the course topic, such as religion, “knowledge”, gangsta rap, race, and gender. Students will learn to critically analyze hip hop’s current topics and aesthetics as well as socially and politically pertinent issues with the help of written and audiovisual examples, provided readings, and other lecture material.
Students are expected to actively participate during the lectures. 
The language of instruction is English.
Participation: Lectures, readings, and written assignment.
Registration via e-mail to Inka Rantakallio ( by 19.12.
Teacher responsible
Inka Rantakallio
12-Jan-2017 – 23-Feb-2017
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MUSI1728 Cultural Study of Music Production 5 ECTS
Time: Period IV, Thursdays 14 - 16, 9.3. - 4.5.2017
Place: Hovi V105, Artium (Sirkkala campus)
General description:
Throughout history technologies and their development have played a major role in how we make, listen, experience and think about music. Especially the emergence and development of music technologies in the 20th century, such as audio recording, multi-track music production, portable listening devices and most recently digital technologies have revolutionized the ways in which we relate to music, in terms of both production and consumption. The course offers a cultural approach to the study of music technology. The focus of the course will be on music production, production culture and the production studio, but spreads into related areas such as the music industry and music consumption.
Participation: Lectures, readings, discussions and essay
Teacher responsible
Tuomas Auvinen
9-Mar-2016 – 4-May-2016
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