MUS4661 – Nordic Music History, Genres and Identities

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Course content

The course provides a broad introduction to Nordic music history and genres of the Nordic regions. The course will present a range of approaches to studying the creative processes, production, performance and reception of genres such as pop, classical, hip hop, folk, jazz, metal, blues, Sámi joik, EDM, and contemporary avant garde music. In addition, the course addresses music in relation to Nordic audiovisual culture, which includes the analysis of opera, film, music video, computer games, and live performances within diverse contexts. Underpinning this course is a critical study of Nordic music and identity, which involves musicological disciplinary perspectives on social, political and cultural contexts, subjectivity, citizenship, ideology, and historiography.

Learning outcome

The student will:

  • develop a broad overview of music emanating from the Nordic countries, with key focal points drawn from musical examples
  • develop a historical knowledge of Nordic music and identities across a range of styles, idioms, and genres
  • acquire a competence to reflect critically on Nordic music within a national and international context


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The course will consist of 8 lectures and 8 hours of workshops. The teaching will be undertaken by a cross-section of staff members in order to create a multiperspectival approach to the specific subject areas. Attendence is obligatory.


Term paper (15 pages, each containing approx. 2.300 characters, spaces not included). The topic must be pre-approved by the course tutor by the end of week 39.

The assessment criteria for MUS4661 can be found here.

Language of examination

You submit your assignment in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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