Spring Intensive Session Courses

Heavy Metal History

Course: 
COLL-X 101 EXPERIMENTAL TOPICS (1 cr.)
Session: 
Spring 3-week Intensive Session (January 19-February 7)
Delivery mode: 
Online-Asynchronous (classes meet virtually, but not at a specific time)
Class description: 
This is not a course on metallurgy, but on the history of rocking out. From its birth in the 1960s, heavy metal music has been characterized as everything from a salve for teenaged existential despair to the handmaiden of the devil. Here we will examine heavy metal as a form of self-expression, social and cultural critique, and political statement, from Birmingham to Beijing, and Los Angeles to Laos. Earplugs not included.

About the instructor

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Michael Dodson

Professor, History

Biography