GENS0666 — Classification of Materials: Genres of Metal

This blog would not live up to its name if not for the occasional post like this. I promise one in twenty but guarantee nothing.

We propose a new General Studies course:

GENS0666 — Classification of Materials: Genres of Metal

This exciting course will attract a high enrolment of students from programs as diverse as computer engineering, physics, music and geology. The course is highly interdisciplinary, and worthy of cross-faculty support.

The course’s aim is to expose the students to a wide range of metals, and provide them with the ability to accurately classify diverse samples. The course will be of 13 weeks duration, involving two 90 minute lecture classes per week plus one 60 minute open discussion class. The assessment will be 10% attendance (pro rata), 40% for two assignments and 50% final exam (see assessment below)

Lecture Schedule

Week 1 – The Genesis of Metal

  • Lecture 1: The Beatles – Please Please Me
  • Lecture 2: The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones

Week 2 – Noble Metals

  • Lecture 3: Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
  • Lecture 4: Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

Week 3 – Heavy Metals

  • Lecture 5: AC/DC – Back in Black
  • Lecture 6: Metallica – Master of Puppets

Week 4 – Disordered Metals

  • Lecture 7: Nirvana – Nevermind
  • Lecture 8: Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

Week 5 – Transition Metals

  • Lecture 9: System of a Down – Toxicity
  • Lecture 10: Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R

Week 6 – Advanced Post-modern Alloys

  • Lecture 11: Temple of the Dog – Self-titled
  • Lecture 12: A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms

Week 7 – American Funk Metal (AFM)

  • Lecture 13: Red Hot Chilli Peppers – The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
  • Lecture 14: Fishbone – The Reality of My Surroundings

Week 8 – Male Chicken Ores

  • Lecture 15: Guns’n’Roses – Appetite for Destruction
  • Lecture 16: Whitesnake – Whitesnake

Week 9 – Metals Doped for Extra Strength

  • Lecture 17: Rollins band – Weight
  • Lecture 18: The Mark of Cain – Interloper

Week 10 – Metals in Make-up and Cosmetics

  • Lecture 19: Kiss – Killers
  • Lecture 20: Crimson Glory – Transcendence

Week 11 – Toxic Metals

  • Lecture 21: Izzy Stradlin and the JuJu Hounds – Self-titled
  • Lecture 22: Metallica – Load

Week 12 – Metal at the Extremes

  • Lecture 23: Sepultura – Roots
  • Lecture 24: Gorgoroth – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam

Week 13 – The Metal Industry (because there must be 13 weeks of course)

  • Lecture 25: Ministry – Psalm 69
  • Lecture 26: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Assignments 1 and 2

You must submit one piece of primary evidence, two pieces of signed secondary evidence and a 500 word review.

Primary Evidence: Selfie that conclusively demonstrates attendance at a metal concert (Marks for reputability of concert attended).

Secondary Evidence: Two signed selfies from other students in the course, demonstrating their attendance and vouching for yours (Marks for strength and verifiability of attendance).

Review: Critical review of gig in context of history of live metal music (Marks for strength of arguments and connections to available ‘literature’).

Final Exam

50 question multiple choice quiz requiring correct identification of band and track based on 15 second sample from any song from any album in the course. Pass mark = 50%, with pass in exam required to pass the course.

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