Helsinki Summer School

Introduction

Do you want to study abroad? Helsinki Summer School offers university students and graduates a truly international, strongly academic summer session where the research-based teaching and talented young minds meet and mingle to create something new. We provide you with an August that will stand out in your academic curriculum!

FACILITIES

Helsinki Summer School students benefit from the great services and facilities offered by the University of Helsinki.

Moodle Online Learning Environment

Helsinki Summer School uses Moodle online learning environment for distributing study materials, course programmes and general information. Some of the courses use it also for group work, learning assignments etc. Students will receive their credentials for Moodle before coming to Finland.

Learning Centres and Computer Facilities

Summer school students have access to the University’s Learning Centres and receive a computer license that allow them to print black and white documents, to have unlimited access to the extensive computer facilities and to use the wireless Internet connection at the University.

Libraries

Upon request, students can be issued a certificate of attendance allowing them to borrow books from the Helsinki University Library.

Student Cafeterias

Helsinki Summer School students may eat at UniCafe student cafeterias at any of the campuses.

Sports Centers

HSS students are entitled to use the gym and participate in the group training sessions offered by the UniSport gyms and sports centers at the University of Helsinki for a student friendly price.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Summer courses

21st-century Digital Storytelling

Campus Full time 10 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course aims to provide multiple channels for learner-driven knowledge creation by using digital storytelling as a tool. The course participants will be engaged in authentic experiences of how to design, implement and assess digital video stories. [+]

21st-century Digital Storytelling ORGANISER: CICERO Learning & Media Education Research Centre, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Varhaiskasvatus DATES: 9.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR Learn more CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Professor Hannele Niemi Target students The course is intended for Master’s and doctoral students from several disciplines (such as the social sciences, education, the humanities and the natural sciences). Participants should have some experience of digital technologies and/or an interest to integrate the Internet and its services, and web-based environments for research and study purposes (e.g., for data collection, reflection, individual and collaborative work, etc.). Synopsis This course aims to provide multiple channels for learner-driven knowledge creation by using digital storytelling as a tool. The course participants will be engaged in authentic experiences of how to design, implement and assess digital video stories. They will learn 21st-century skills connected with the story creation and combine and develop different literacies and modalities. The course will also offer practice in how to use digital storytelling for research purposes and as a medium empowering learners of different ages and contexts. Also, we will be using a web-based environment where participants will upload, share and edit video stories for individual reflection and group work as well as online interaction and collaboration. Learning objectives Participants will develop 21st-century literacies and skills necessary for structuring digital stories in visual and textual format. In this way, they will be able to meet current scholarly and practical needs such as entering and sustaining dialogues related to their fields and studies actively, creatively and with a critical eye. Course format and teaching methods The course consists of lectures and workshops. During the course students will be involved in individual and group work. Means and criteria of assessment Pass/fail: based on active participation, group work and presentations, and learning diary [-]

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular. [+]

Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

ORGANISER: University of Helsinki, Cicero Learning and Cognitive Brain Research Unit and Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind Related Degree Programmes: Doctoral Programme Brain & Mind Master’s Programme in Neuroscience DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Mari Tervaniemi Target Students Students at Master’s and doctoral levels in psychology, cognitive science, speech science, musicology, neuroscience, linguistics, medicine and biology are encouraged to apply. Synopsis The human brain and its ability to adapt to the demands of the environment is at the core of our course. This course is useful for students who wish to gain knowledge about the most recent developments in auditory cognitive neuroscience in particular. In this framework, the 2017 course is focused on learning and developing brain. The course programme focuses on brain functions in the framework of neuroplasticity, including lectures on cognition, emotion and social neuroscience. The course consists of tutorials on brain research methods and lectures about current topics. There are several demonstrations on practical laboratory work with modern brain imaging techniques such as electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The students also have an opportunity to introduce their projects and research outcomes in poster sessions. Learning objectives The course will enable students to understand the theoretical principles, promises and limitations of modern brain research methods. The students will gain hands-on experience in data acquisition and analyses. They will also learn about the most recent advances in using these methods in order to better understand human cognition and learning particularly in the domains of language and music. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, team work, hands-on training with brain research methods, poster sessions, and learning diary. Means and criteria of assessment Learning diary; Pass/Fail [-]

Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

Campus Full time 10 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course offers an overview of the current challenges of social and political development in Eastern Europe. Taught by a group of area studies experts in history, political science, media studies and sociology, the course views Eastern Europe as including the former Eastern Bloc countries. [+]

Challenges of Democratic Development in Eastern Europe

ORGANISER: University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute DATES: 9.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Eeva Korteniemi Target students The course is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences. Synopsis This course offers an overview of the current challenges of social and political development in Eastern Europe. Taught by a group of area studies experts in history, political science, media studies and sociology, the course views Eastern Europe as including the former Eastern Bloc countries. These encompass the Baltic states, East Central and Southeastern Europe, the Balkans and Ukraine. Russia is discussed only as a reference point to the area of our concern: there won’t be any specific lectures on Russian developments. The course provides students with new, multidisciplinary approaches to the study of politics and society with a focus on issues that hinder democratic conduct. Addressed will be questions of nationalism, migration, youth, corruption, authoritarian rule, role of the media, poverty, gender, the Roma situation, entrepreneurialism, competition, civil society and environmental problems. In order to get a better grasp of Eastern European challenges in today’s globalised world, the course offers insights into recent history and post-communist transition. Learning objectives The students will gain a broad overview of current societal and political developments in the region. The purpose is also to discuss critically the concept of democracy, which is sometimes understood normatively. The students will be acquainted with new multidisciplinary approaches and innovative pedagogical methods to understand the complexity of politics and society in this area. The course will also provide supplemental information for students looking to specialise in subjects and fields of research covered by the course. The students will also learn more about ongoing cutting-edge research projects carried out at the University of Helsinki. Course format and teaching methods The course entails a total of 32 hours of teaching with various activating learning formats, such as lectures, flipped classroom, debates and small workshops. We apply new methods that promote critical thinking and discursivity. Every lecture includes mandatory pre-reading, and the class format will contain a 45-minute lecture and a 45-minute workshop. The syllabus with course readings will be disseminated to students before the course begins. Means and criteria of assessment Attendance, course readings and final essay/exam. Grading is based on attendance, participation in discussions and completion of the required assignments and the final exam. Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. [-]

Co-operative Enterprise Law

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Cooperative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. [+]

Co-operative Enterprise Law

ORGANISER: University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute, Co-op Network Studies DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Essi Frondelius Target Students Advanced Bachelor’s and Master’s students, including professionals already working, with at least a strong interest in co-operative law. Synopsis Cooperative enterprise law is only rarely part of teaching curricula, even if about one billion members around the world are involved in this special form of enterprise with an economic and social impact to match. The shortcoming is further highlighted by the repeated crisis resilience of cooperatives and the growing awareness that sustainable development issues must also be addressed by and through enterprises. Something is, however, being done about this, for the issue is tackled by international governmental and non-governmental texts; according to its Blueprint for the Cooperative Decade 2011–2020 cooperative law is also high on the agenda of the International Cooperative Alliance. This course is to create an understanding of the factors which shape cooperative law. The term ‘cooperative law’ also incorporates other fields of law as they impact on the structure and operations of co-operatives, such as labour law, tax law, competition law and accounting and bookkeeping standards, as well as law making and implementation procedures. As students come from different national backgrounds, reference to specific cooperative laws will only be made by way of an example. The course is complemented by visits to and presentations by cooperative organisations. Learning objectives At the end of the course the students will be able to distinguish the cooperative form of enterprise from other forms, especially from the stock company, in terms of its legal structure. This includes the objectives of cooperatives, their management and governance, the nature and structure of cooperative capital and its control mechanisms. The students will learn about developments that shape cooperative laws, not least as cooperatives take new forms under the effects of globalisation. These complex developments include a general trend to harmonise law; the emergence of international regulations which directly impact on enterprises; regional cooperative legislation and regional model laws. Course format and teaching methods Classroom teaching, course literature and blended learning elements (digital material) and visits to cooperative organisations. Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail Reading materials will help the students follow the lectures, contribute to the discussions and prepare for the final course diary, essay or written exam. The final grade is based on an independent course assignment (learning diary, essay or written exam). [-]

Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

The main purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary academic summer school course with a main focus on the diversity and pluralism of religions and worldviews in education. [+]

Diversities of Religions and Worldviews in Public Education ORGANISER: Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Erityispedagogiikka Luokanopettaja Varhaiskasvatus Yleinen ja aikuiskasvatustiede DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Arto Kallioniemi Target students Students who have different religions and worldviews and who are interested in questions related to the role of religions and worldviews in the public sphere and education. The course examines the issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, making use of religious studies, theology, gender studies, education, social sciences, education for diversity and social justice, anthropology and multicultural education. Students of these fields – advanced Bachelor’s level or at a Master’s level – are warmly invited to take this course. Teacher education students are also especially welcome. Synopsis The main purpose is to provide a multidisciplinary academic summer school course with a main focus on the diversity and pluralism of religions and worldviews in education. To do this, the course includes lectures, workshops, group work, fieldwork and excursions in Helsinki. The summer school promotes worldview dialogue among participants and increases their awareness of religious, spiritual and worldview-related questions in public education, especially in school education. Questions and debates of the role of worldviews and religions in education are increasingly important in all Western countries. This course will provide a perspective from Finland, a secularised post-Lutheran welfare country in Northern Europe. Learning objectives The course will increase students’ awareness of questions related to religions and worldviews in education. The course will also improve the students’ ability to encounter groups which are very heterogeneous in issues related to religions and worldviews. The course will give students an opportunity to practise worldview dialogue in everyday life and seeks to give them an opportunity to study in multireligious contexts and to respect people from different backgrounds. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, workshops, group work, fieldwork and excursions will take place with leading Finnish scholars. Experimental learning will be key. Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. Participation during lectures and in-class assignments (20%) Reports (20%) Essays (30%) Learning diary (30%) [-]

English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Language Practices

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

English has become a global language of intercultural communication and is used worldwide as a contact language between people who do not share a common native language. [+]

English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Language Practices ORGANISER: Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in English Studies Master’s Programme in Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Dr Svetlana Vetchinnikova Target Students The course is suitable for students at Master’s and Doctoral levels as well as language professionals who have an interest in English studies or applied linguistics. Synopsis English has become a global language of intercultural communication and is used worldwide as a contact language between people who do not share a common native language. Non-native speakers of English are increasingly using the language with each other in areas such as academia, business, diplomacy, sport and personal relationships. How does this new sociolinguistic situation develop and how does it affect language practices? Following Mauranen (2012), this course examines the phenomenon of English as a lingua franca (ELF) from three different but interrelated perspectives: cognitive, microsocial and macrosocial. We will start by looking at the linguistic features of ELF and thinking how cognitive properties of multilingual processing can explain them. Moving on to the microsocial perspective, the students will get a chance to observe ELF interaction in the private sphere, paying special attention to misunderstandings and pre-empting them as well as multilingual practices. At the macrosocial level, we will deal with such issues as language ideologies, linguistic imperialism and language ownership. Exploring a very recent concept of ‘translanguaging’, we will discuss the complex and fluid ways in which people use multiple languages, including English, in international communication, and especially in higher education. We will continue by considering the ways speakers monitor and intervene in their own or each other’s language use in ELF interaction/writing, and conclude by taking an applied perspective on ELF and looking at its practical implications for teaching and assessment, among other professional fields. Each lecture topic will be further developed with students in a collaborative workshop format. For more information on our research and resources, see the ELFA project webpages: http://www.helsinki.fi/elfa Learning objectives The students will get acquainted with the concept of ELF and its theoretical framework. They will think of the implications of the phenomenon of ELF for the future of English as well as its practical consequences, for example in the field of education. In addition, they will get hands-on experience of working with authentic linguistic data and applying different research methods, such as corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and conversation analysis. Course format and teaching methods The days in the course will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. In the mornings, the students will listen to the lectures and in the afternoons, they will get a chance to apply their newly obtained knowledge in workshops or language labs. The interactive activities of the afternoons will include (group) discussions, group work, hands-on experience with corpus linguistic tools, mini-research studies in groups or individually on a computer, exercises and tasks. We will also use snippets of real research data at our workshops to provide authentic academic experience. Means and criteria of assessment Pass/fail on the basis of attendance, active participation, individual project work (case studies), final project presentation. In the individual project, each participant will carry out a small research project of their own choice, with the following components: – a written summary of the project (1000-1500 words) to be handed in on Friday, 18.8. Each participant will get feedback and suggestions from the instructors on Monday, 21.8. -a presentation of the project during the last meeting on Thursday, 24.8. More details of the individual project will be discussed during the first meetings, including suggestions for topics and data that might be used. [-]

Environmental Ethics in a Global Context

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course is an introduction to environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline helpful to analyse environmental case studies. It aims to raise awareness about the fundamental and ethical role of the natural environment in our lives. [+]

Environmental Ethics in a Global Context

ORGANISER: Department of Political and Economic Studies (Social and Moral Philosophy Discipline), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in Philosophy DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Corinna Casi Target Students This course is designed for students who are interested in environmental and ethical issues. It is recommended for undergraduate students of philosophy, social sciences, sociology, environmental studies, politics and economics. Previous studies in Philosophy and/or Ethics are helpful but are not required. Synopsis This course is an introduction to environmental ethics as a philosophical discipline helpful to analyse environmental case studies. It aims to raise awareness about the fundamental and ethical role of the natural environment in our lives. The theoretical part of the course introduces ethical theories and concepts, while a more practical section presents real case studies and ethical notions from different viewpoints. Why is ethics important in the modern world and why should ethics be part of policy-making processes? In an attempt to answer such questions, this course will discuss ethical concepts – such as intrinsic and instrumental value, anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, and concern for future generations – together with different types of Environmental Ethics theories, such as Deep Ecology, Ecofeminism, Land Ethics, Utilitarianism, Gaia Theory and Animal Rights. The applicability of different ethical theories will be tested in light of selected case studies about natural disasters and environmental accidents, including the catastrophic failure at the Fukushima nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011 in Japan; hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking”; the unfair polluting policy of TEXACO (now Chevron) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and many others. Tools and concepts which do not primarily belong to the ethical field such as the Free Rider, the Tragedy of the Commons, homo economicus and the Comedy of the Commons will be presented as helpful instruments for ethical deliberations. Learning objectives This course attempts to give students the analytical apparatus to critically examine the role played by the natural environment in the life of humans and other living species. The course familiarises the students with basic concepts and theories of Environmental Ethics, fostering an understanding on how human factors weigh and carry responsibility for environmental problems. The students will be trained to see different perspectives, to apply moral theories and draw ethical conclusions from real-life cases in recent news. This enables the students to confront their views in class debates, to better understand themselves and colleagues, and to improve their skills of discussion, argumentation, group work and presentation. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, group work, screening of scenes from documentary films, and discussions will take place during the class. Small group tasks (in class and at home) are designed to acquaint the students with ethical concepts and theories, and help them apply them to natural disasters and environmental case studies. Means and criteria of assessment Student work is evaluated on a scale 0–5 and will be the outcome of different assignments: 1) Presentation in class: 15 min. presentation + 10 min. discussion (35%) 2) Several individual and group assignments during the course (40%) 3) Individual applied project (15%) 4) Attendance and active participation in class (10%) There will be no final exams. The students will be evaluated during the whole course based on their attendance and active participation in class, homework, individual applied project and final presentation. The students will be required to work constantly during the whole Summer School. More instructions will be given during the first class. Grading scale: 5 = excellent; 4 = very good; 3 = good; 2 = satisfactory; 1 = poor; 0 = fail. – Assessment criteria (5 excellent): the student has to be present in class for all the lectures and s/he should demonstrates an active involvement in the topics and in class discussion so that her/his inputs will enhance the overall value of the class discussions. All the 4 requirements above-mentioned are fully fulfilled according to the deadlines with an excellent result and a great understanding of the contents of the course. – Assessment criteria (4 very good; 3 good): the student has to be present in class for all the lectures or at least 95% of the time and s/he will participate actively in class discussion. All the 4 requirements above-mentioned are fulfilled according to the deadlines with a good level of understanding of the contents of the course. – Assessment criteria (2 satisfactory; 1 poor): the student has to be present in class for all the lectures or at least 90% of the time. All the 4 requirements above-mentioned are fulfilled (possibly according to the deadlines) with satisfactory level of understanding of the contents of the course. – Assessment criteria (0, failed): The students is not present in class at all and s/he does not deliver and fulfill all the 4 requirements above-mentioned at least in an understandable and sufficient level. [-]

Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. [+]

Environmental Impacts of Catchment from Headwaters to the Sea

ORGANISER: Lammi Biological Station & Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology DENVI Doctoral Programme LUOVA Doctoral Programme in Wildlife Biology Research DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 (+ expenses 1140) EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Tiina Tulonen Marko Reinikainen Target group Bachelor’s or Master’s students with basic knowledge in ecology, environmental or aquatic sciences Synopsis This course introduces students to the overall picture of environmental impact on the Baltic Sea. It will do so by analysing the role of catchment area and inland waters in the water quality and eutrophication of coastal waters. During the intensive field course the students will learn how land management, control of water pollution and ambient ecosystem dynamics affect water quality and ecosystems, and how this changes on the way from headwaters along the river basin to the Baltic Sea. The course will give a deeper understanding of the nutrient processes and their spatial and temporal dynamics in catchments and coastal areas, including transportation, modification and retention of nutrients and organic material. Learning objectives After completing the course, the students have knowledge of different Finnish aquatic ecosystems from headwaters to coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. Students will have gained insights into how the land use in catchment areas affects the water quality and biology. They will also have learned basic sampling and analytical methods used in aquatic ecology. Course format and teaching methods The course will be held at two field stations, Lammi Biological Station and Tvärminne Zoological Station and ends with an excursion to Askö Laboratory in Stockholm, Sweden. The course contains lectures, excursions, fieldwork, group work and some laboratory work with water analyses. Excursions are made to different inland and coastal water bodies. Course readings Articles will be handed out during the course. Means and criteria of assessment Assessment is based on class participation and activity, group exercises and on completed personal essay. Students are divided into 4–5 groups. Items for group exercises and for personal essay are given during the Viikki Campus period. Syntheses of group exercises are presented at the stations. Assessment: participation during lectures and fieldwork 40%, group exercise 40% and essay 20%. Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. [-]

Faith and Globalisation

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This Helsinki Summer School course addresses some of the key issues of religion and violence as well as religiously inspired ethics in the face of secular modernity and globalisation. [+]

Faith and Globalisation ORGANISER: Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Ville Päivänsalo Target students This course is designed for students interested in the aformentioned issues of faith and globalisation from the perspectives of, for example, religious studies / theology, political philosophy, international relations, sociology, history (of ideas), intercultural studies or the ethics of human development. The course is recommended for students in their 3rd year or beyond. Synopsis This Helsinki Summer School course addresses some of the key issues of religion and violence as well as religiously inspired ethics in the face of secular modernity and globalisation. It is designed to equip its participants with (1) a basic understanding of some of the major historical paradigms of tolerance, violence and dialogical justice across cultural spheres and (2) preliminary abilities to take part in the real-life discussion of faith-related conflicts and ethics in our global age. The second aim of the course is pursued particularly through two symposia, an open symposium (selectively) and an internal one. Through writing their course essays as well as through delivering their own presentations and discussing them, the students will be supported to grow towards expertise in the field of religion, conflicts and dialogical justice. Learning objectives After taking the course, the students can understand some of the major historical paradigms of tolerance, violence and dialogical justice across cultural spheres and they have preliminary abilities to take part in the real-life discussion of faith-related conflicts and ethics in our global age. Course format and teaching methods The course consists of lectures, readings, presentations, essays, discussion and reflection. The lectures and the discussions during the first and second week will prepare the students to take actively part in the teaching events during the last week with the guest lecturers. Some of the more progressive students will be invited to have their presentations in the Open Symposium that will be open to the public, and the others will present in the internal symposium. Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. Assessment is based on: Participation during lectures (taking into account the pre-readings) and in-class assignments (30 %) Presentation in the internal or the open symposium (35 %) Course essay (35 %) [-]

Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentations, it examines games as design, historiography, teaching aids and elements of historical and cultural consciousness. [+]

Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

ORGANISER: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Historian kandiohjelma Historian maisteriohjelma Kulttuuriperinnön maisteriohjelma Magisterprogrammet i kultur och kommunikation DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Derek Fewster Target students The course is designed for all interested students with some previous studies in History. It is recommended for students in their third year or beyond. The participants should also have a certain amount of experience from video games, organised role playing and/or board games (such as dealing with rule books, using game interfaces, grids or network providers [e.g. STEAM], and familiarity with basic structures and options of video games.) Students’ access to one or more games on the STEAM or some other game platform during the course is a necessity. Sufficient digital resources will be arranged for the students to be able to do the course assignments. Synopsis This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentations, it examines games as design, historiography, teaching aids and elements of historical and cultural consciousness. The aims of the course are threefold. First, to provide the participants a basic cultural history of board and video games, as related to concepts found in modern Game Studies. Second, to present and discuss historical culture, images and presence in modern video and tabletop games. And third, to provide participants with ideas and tools for analysing, planning, producing and understanding historical interpretations and representations in the world of games. The final part of the course consists of a seminar where participants will present a team work paper on some related game or subject for public dissemination. Learning objectives The students will learn how games have developed in history, the concepts of game studies, how modern game design works, how to assess historicity in games, how to analyse relevant games as a form of historical communication, and how to utilise games in education as a form of historiography. The course does not as such deal with sports games, children’s games, card games or gambling, but rather contemplates the used historical contents in games, the choices made by the game designers, the possible educational aspects (conscious or not), the style and the ambiance present, and the recent trends in video and tabletop games somehow displaying elements of historical or cultural recreation, rendition or education. Please note that when dealing with video games, the course will focus on the PC platform instead of the world of consoles. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, demonstrations, board game workshops, and seminars with the team-working students presenting a study and dissemination on a set game or some related subject. The format will require students to access games and work on their assignments outside of the common lectures and workshops. If possible, the course will make 1–2 shorter excursions within Helsinki to relevant localities directly after the lectures. Means and criteria of assessment 1. Participation during lectures (20%). 2. A submitted and evaluated case study for the seminars, presented as a team work of two or three cooperating students. Each group will thus both submit a written text/powerpoint (30%) and give a 20–30-minute presentation of the game (30%). 3. A written report from the board game sessions (10%). 4. An individually submitted free essay of at least 8000 characters (ca. 3 pages), discussing personal reflections on the subject of ‘Games and History’ in relation to the readings and lessons presented (10%). Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. All of the written assignments of 2–4 must be submitted for a passed result. An attendance rate of at least 80% of the lectures and seminars is also required. [-]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. [+]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society ORGANISER: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Taiteiden tutkimuksen kandiohjelma Taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Paolo Ribaldini Target students The course aims to be as multidisciplinary as possible, encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students of musical practice, musicology, social studies, semiotics, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language studies, gender studies and pedagogy. Familiarity with music theory is considered an asset, but is not mandatory. The teaching methods involve team-working within the class, so that single disciplinary gaps can be amended by cooperation. The course will be divided into groups of 4–6 students at the beginning of the course, so that the groups will have a broad range of competences. Part of the course work includes giving a presentation, so a certain familiarity with the use of the English language is recommended. Synopsis This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features and its relation to contemporary Western society. The final part of the course will focus on Finland, where HM is particularly successful and characterises musical culture more than in other European or non-European countries. Learning objectives The students will appreciate the importance of heavy metal music in Western musical culture, its historical development and the characteristics of the subculture related to the music. This subculture is particularly strong in Finland, and Finnish HM is recognised worldwide as a key manifestation of this musical style. The students will also achieve competences in music theory, sociology of music, music semiotics and cultural studies. Furthermore, the course gives them a solid basis to critically understand popular music genres other than HM. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, multimedia material (musical examples, films, documentaries), workshop/seminar activities, group discussions. Classes take place five days a week, from Monday to Friday. During the lectures (provisionally 9.00–11.00), the teacher discusses the history of HM and its interaction with society and other fields of culture. The teaching methods are: -Reading and commenting on course material (e.g. books, articles), or commenting on previously assigned readings. -Viewing/listening and commenting on multimedia material. -Class discussion. After the lunch break, the course continues with workshop/seminar activities focused on group work (provisionally at 12.00–14.00). This includes: -Analysis of readings and audio/video examples about specific topics proposed by the teacher. The group work results in writings or slide presentations to be discussed in front of the class. Assignments outside the classes are meant to be worked on mainly in teams. -Seminar meetings with musicians or experts in the field of HM studies (see ‘Lecturers and teachers’). -Screening of the documentary movie series “The Pioneers of LA Hard Rock & Metal” and “The LA Metal scene explodes”, kindly provided by Mr Bob Nalbandian. -Once/twice (max.): attendance in the evening at a medium/major HM concert. This is subject to events taking place in Helsinki at the time and on the ticket price (roughly €15–30). Means and criteria of assessment Exam at the end of the course. Group work. The number of credits is counted as follows: 4 hrs of classes x 5 days/week x 3 weeks = 60 hrs about 2 hrs of individual/group work outside classes x 5 days/week x 3 weeks = 30 hrs preliminary readings and final essay = about 45 hrs TOTAL = 135 hrs (5 ETCS, if 1 ECTS = 27 hrs work) [-]

Humour and Power in Media Society

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

Humour, media and power are intertwined in many different ways. Publicity of politics is more entertaining-oriented than before, and our entertainment deals with politics more explicitly. [+]

Humour and Power in Media Society ORGANISER: Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication Politiikan ja viestinnän maisteriohjelma DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Joonas Koivukoski Target students The course is designed for Master’s degree students of social sciences, media and communication, journalism, cultural studies, politics, literature, arts, or sociology. Synopsis Humour, media and power are intertwined in many different ways. Publicity of politics is more entertaining-oriented than before, and our entertainment deals with politics more explicitly. This course explores how politicians, advertisers, activists, satirists, and we as audiences use humour to make sense of topical issues and our lives. The rising significance of promotional and popular culture, as well as humour scandals and TV satire, are explored in order to provide an overview on politics of humour. The course offers lectures and workshops to analyse contemporary mediated humour from various perspectives. Learning objectives During the course the students will learn the basic concepts and theories for understanding contemporary mediated humour. Through classical theories of humour the student can identify cognitive, linguistic and psychological functions of humour, whereas perspectives of sociology, political science and communication studies provide means to analyse the social functions of mediated humour. After completing the course the students will be able to analyse complex empirical cases of mediated humours performances and texts. They will understand how particular historical, cultural, political and technological contexts provide frames for humorous texts and their interpretation. The students will also acknowledge the ambiguous nature of humour, its paradoxical consequences and the conflicting interpretations it might foster. Team work, discussions and presentations will allow the students to develop their social skills in a multicultural environment. Presentations and individual work also develop analytical and rhetorical skills needed in academic settings. Course format and teaching methods Lectures, group work and presentations, individual assignment (an essay and its presentation) Means and criteria of assessment Pass/fail: based on active participation (25%), group wok and presentations (25 %) and individual assignment (50%) [-]

Intensive Finnish Course

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This intensive basic course in Finnish is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s programmes in autumn 2017. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term. [+]

Intensive Finnish Course ORGANISER: University of Helsinki, Language Centre DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 4 ECTS COORDINATOR: Leena Evesti Target students International students beginning their master’s degree studies in the autumn of 2017 at the University of Helsinki. Synopsis This intensive basic course in Finnish is for students accepted into University of Helsinki master’s programmes in autumn 2017. It offers incoming students the opportunity to study the Finnish language before the beginning of the University’s autumn term. The course includes 50 hours of teaching plus independent/group work (six hours of study a day on average). Before the course begins, the participants are expected to take the online course A Taste of Finnish (http://tasteoffinnish.fi/), so that they will learn the basic vocabulary and grammar as well as various phrases and elements of Finnish culture and society. The online course provides help in English. Learning objective The course offers incoming students the opportunity to begin studying the Finnish language before the University’s autumn term begins, so that it will be possible to continue with Suomi 2 courses in the autumn at the University of Helsinki. The aim is to learn to cope with simple everyday discussions, write brief texts on familiar topics and learn key vocabulary. The target level is A1.2. Course format and teaching methods The course consists of four contact lessons daily, and the students work in small groups/independently in the afternoons. This way the course learning objectives can be attained. The students are expected to participate actively in the various tasks and group work during the contact lessons. The online platform Moodle may be used for mixed mode activities (mainly independent work). The course is taught in Finnish, which allows students to use the language straight away. The Finnish in Finnish method has been proven to accelerate and enhance learning; the course has been designed so that no other languages are needed. Nevertheless, students can always ask for help in other languages when the teachers are circulating in class supervising pair or group work, during breaks or after class. Course readings Please purchase the book before the first lessons: “Suomen mestari 1. Suomen kielen oppikirja aikuisille” by Sanni Heinzmann, Sonja Gehring. Finn Lectura. Chapters 1–7. Additional material (handouts) by the teacher. Means and criteria of assessment Written test at the end of the course, assessed on the scale 0–5 (0=fail, 1=passable, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent). Oral skills are assessed continuously during the course. The end-of-course written test can be retaken once. The participants will receive a certificate stating the contents and the level of the course. [-]

Introduction to Conceptual History

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. [+]

Introduction to Conceptual History ORGANISER: Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Jani Marjanen & Johan Strang Target students Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields. Synopsis In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. Now in its twelfth year, the course will be organized by Concepta: the International Research School in Conceptual History, and The Political Concepts Standing Group of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) at the University of Helsinki. An international team of distinguished scholars and visiting lecturers will engage and encourage course members in critical discussions about the political aspects in key concepts used in human activities, as well as in the analytic concepts employed in the social sciences and the humanities. The course seeks to familiarize younger scholars with the methods and practices of conceptual history, and the study of political concepts as a style of theorizing about and analyzing political practices. The goal of conceptual history is to understand the ways in which concepts and ideas are operationalized in political life through the study of the debates on their migration, translation, reinterpretation and diffusion through time and space (from the local to the global). Conceptual analysis involves the examination of the larger semantic, discursive, ideological and rhetorical settings of conceptual controversies, and requires familiarity with a variety of approaches to discourse, ideology and rhetoric. These concepts are communicated verbally, in print and through other media. The course will introduce the main aspects of the theory and methodology of conceptual analysis through discussions the work of scholars such as Reinhart Koselleck, Quentin Skinner, J. G. A. Pocock, Michel Foucault, Pierre Rosanvallon and Dipesh Chakrabarty as well as such thinkers as Max Weber and Hannah Arendt. Conceptual history offers a distinct perspective for studying the activity of politics, in theorizing, practices and institutions as well as the political aspects of culture, economy and society. Students will be encouraged to use these as tools in their own research projects. A special emphasis will be placed on different examples of conceptual change, underlining the inherently contested character of concepts in use. In addition, trends in current scholarship will be explored through case studies presented by course members as well by as invited guests. The course will be conducted via lectures, discussions and work-in-progress sessions. It welcomes Ph.D. and advanced Master’s degree students from a variety of academic disciplines. Learning objectives The objective is to enable the students to use the methods of conceptual history in their own research. Course format and teaching methods The course seeks to support the students’ thesis word by offering relevant lectures, discussions on course readings and workshops on the participants’ texts. Means and criteria of assessment If students submit the required assignments, read the provided texts and participate in the teaching, they will pass the course. [-]

Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Science I: A Look into Air Quality in China

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

What is good air quality and what determines the quality of the air that we breathe? This course on modern atmospheric science examines the key themes and processes affecting air quality from the vantage point of physics, chemistry, meteorology and policy-making. [+]

Introduction to Modern Atmospheric Science I: A Look into Air Quality in China ORGANISER: Division of Atmospheric Sciences/Department of Physics Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Degree Programme in Atmospheric Sciences DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 (+ excursion expenses 190 €) EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Taina Ruuskanen Target students The course is aimed for students with a bachelor’s degree from any field of natural science. No background in atmospheric science is required. It is recommended that the students have basic knowledge of thermophysics on the level of Basics of thermophysics (University of Helsinki code 530286). Synopsis What is good air quality and what determines the quality of the air that we breathe? This course on modern atmospheric science examines the key themes and processes affecting air quality from the vantage point of physics, chemistry, meteorology and policy-making. The course has a particular focus on China, where the megacities are facing new kinds of air quality problems. We will reflect both on local factors and on the history of air quality in Europe and the United States. Learning objectives Students are introduced to current research in atmospheric science with a focus on air quality and a view on the current situation in rapidly developing China. After the course the students will be able to define emissions using given emission and vehicle classes, connect the influence of weather fronts to air quality and predict if the forecast weather will lead to an improvement or decline in it. The students will be able to calculate global energy balance, use basic online remote sensing tools and tell how air quality index values are defined from measurements. The students will also learn how policy and other societal tools have been used and will learn to search for atmospheric information. Course format and teaching methods The course starts with an excursion to worlds’ leading atmospheric measurement site in Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station 9.-11.8.. The excursion expenses cover transportation, accommodation at Hyytiälä and meals during the excursion. The course consists of lectures by Finnish and international experts, pre- and post-lecture assignments done individually and in small groups, supported exercise sessions, excursions to measurement stations and a workshop where the students will discuss and work on the core themes with the course teachers. The intensive field course format facilitates interactive discussions in class and exercise sessions as well as during unscheduled study time. Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. Assessment is based on: • Participation during lectures, exercises and workshop (50%) and examination (50%). [-]

Law and Society in China

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This Helsinki Summer School course examines core issues in Chinese law and society. The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a foundation of the legal system of the People’s Republic of China. [+]

Law and Society in China ORGANISER: Finnish China Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in International Business Law, Master of International and Comparative Law DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Zhang Yihong Target students This course is designed to give students practical knowledge about the Chinese legal system. The course is suitable for both law students and students from related disciplines, such as Asian studies, economic sciences, political science and social sciences. Students both with and without prior legal knowledge and study of China are invited to enroll. Synopsis This Helsinki Summer School course examines core issues in Chinese law and society. The aim of this introductory course is to provide students with a foundation of the legal system of the People’s Republic of China. Students will learn about Chinese legal institutions, society and governance. By attending lectures given by Chinese law experts and discussing selected papers, students will examine how law is functioning in modern China. Each session will cover a particular topic in an area of Chinese law. Topics to be covered in the course include the sources of law, the roles of the judiciary and other legal institutions, legal reforms, and the development of company law, labour law, criminal law, civil society and human rights in China. Students will be required to attend teaching sessions, complete required reading and participate in class discussions. Credits will be awarded based on group presentations at the end of the course. Learning objectives After completing the course, students will have become familiar with current scholarship on Chinese law and society; understand the role of law in Chinese society and Chinese legal tradition; have gained a general knowledge of important branches of Chinese law, including constitutional law, company law, labour law and foreign investment law, civil society and human rights, etc. Course format and teaching methods The course combines lectures by Chinese and European experts, group work and student presentations. Students will have interactive discussions with lecturers and classmates, on the basis of lectures and pre-class reading. Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. Assessment will be based on: class participation, including group presentation and discussion (30%) + learning diary of pre-class reading and lectures (70%). [-]

Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes. [+]

Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes ORGANISER: University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences, Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 (+ excursion expenses ~190) EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Adrian Monge Monge Target students This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited on this course as are young professionals in a field related to the topics covered. In addition, professionals already in the working life may want to take this course to update their skills. Synopsis This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes. International and national initiatives need to be strengthened to sustain the economic potential of forest landscapes under increasing pressure from population growth. In addition, new challenges such as adaptation to uncertain climatic conditions, competing land uses as well as concerns about food security are examples of major problems faced every day by forest-dependent communities and decision makers worldwide. All these drivers of change call for integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to incorporate landscape management in a way that both encourages immediate innovative action and sets targets for finding sustainable solutions. For these reasons, forests and industrial plantations have become an important part of the global natural resource puzzle. A broader framework should thus include flexible management schemes to allow for effective participation of local communities, and the establishment of cost-efficient production systems (e.g. plantations, agroforestry), which can generate an adequate flow of commercial products, ecosystems services and livelihood improvements. For a functional framework, however, international and national initiatives for good governance, transparency, efficiency and equity must be integrated into the planning process. It is the complex web of interrelated issues that this course brings to the fore. Learning objectives The objective of this intensive course is to provide tools and methods to analyse and identify opportunities for managing forested landscapes for multiple benefits, while maintain their functioning and resilience. Course format and teaching methods The course consists of: 1. pre-course examination 2. lectures and reflection exercises on the lectures 3. excursions/field trips (for instance to Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station) 4. group work 5. public seminar, and 6. informal programme such as games, documentaries and drama sessions. The learning method is interactive, focusing on discussion and creative participation. Means and criteria of assessment a. Pre-exam: 20% of final score b. Reflection exercise: 40% of final score c. Group report and presentation: 40% of final score d. Excursion to Finnish institutions: no effect on final score e. Exercises: no effect on final score. Additional information: a. All assignments listed on the course requirements are compulsory for all students. In order to pass the course, receive the ECTS and the final diploma, students must successfully complete all assignments and activities; b. If students miss a class, they must write an essay on the same subject for every missed lecture, exercise session or institutional visit. This written essay consists of one full A4 page (12-size font, 1.5 space, Times New Roman, about 600 words). Grading scale: 5 = excellent 4 = very good 3 = good 2 = average 1 = poor 0 = fail. [-]

Populism in Europe and Beyond

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

This course offers a hands-on experience for students who are in equal degrees fascinated and confused by the persistence of populism in Europe and beyond. [+]

Populism in Europe and Beyond ORGANISER: Network of European Studies, Prof. Juhana Aunesluoma (NES Research Director) Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Halil Gürhanli Target students This course examines the populist spectacle from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, critically engaging with the most prevalent understandings of the term and encouraging students to think of its representations in a new light. Advanced Bachelor’s level or Master’s level students of social sciences are warmly invited to take this course. Synopsis This course offers a hands-on experience for students who are in equal degrees fascinated and confused by the persistence of populism in Europe and beyond. It is near impossible nowadays to read the news without coming across some sort of reference to populism, mostly in the form that it is an epidemic threatening our democratic societies. With the emergence of Trump phenomenon, shock of Brexit and rising tide of radical parties in Europe, it is an overused but largely undefined term. So join us in our expedition for its roots and representations in the form of lectures, workshops, excursions, movie show and discussion with real-life populist politicians. Learning objectives On completing this course, students should have a good understanding of different approaches to populism and its relationship with the democratic governance in contemporary Europe. They would have a clear idea of what populism is and, more importantly, is not in today’s politics. They would have the capacity to grasp and analyse any text or speech that employs the term and to produce their own opinions on populism and populists both at a theoretical and an empirical level. Course format and teaching methods Students are asked to make approximately 20 pages of reading for each course day, which usually comprises of lectures followed by group work and/or visiting experts. In addition to lectures, various learning methods are employed throughout the course: Pre-course assignment: Students are asked to bring up a populist ‘name’ written on a piece of paper, to be revealed on the first day during an ice-breaker discussion and group formation process. Group assignment 1: Groups of 3-5 students present a deconstructive reading of video-recorded speeches of well-known populist politicians such as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Silvio Berlusconi, etc., offering their takes on the ‘populist message’. The aim is to generate a common table after all group presentations, with distinctive features of what makes one ‘populist’. Group assignment 2: Groups of 3-5 students prepare a campaign poster design for a Populist Party and an accompanying public speech, presenting it with a special emphasis on ‘populist communication strategies’. Field Trip: Passage from Kaisaniemi to Hakaniemi Square through so-called Pitkäsilta, as the critical avenue through which Finnish “people”, along with their collective memories and myth, are constructed in the aftermath of the Civil War. Programme: Lunch at Hakaniemi Market Hall followed by guided tour of Kaisaniemi, Hakaniemi and Kallio ending up at Juttutupa (Excursion guide Janne Hernesniemi, Education Officer at JHL Institute, The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Services). Means and criteria of assessment Grading scale is 1-to-5, which is assessed on the following basis: Class Participation (%20) Group Assignments (%40) Learning Diary (%40) [-]

Post-Foundational Discourse Theory in Humanities and Social Science Research

Campus Full time 17 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

In these turbulent times, it is important to focus on the founding processes and foundations of our social and political existence. [+]

Post-Foundational Discourse Theory in Humanities and Social Science Research ORGANISER: Department of Political and Economic Studies Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Programme in Global Politics and Communication Master’s Programme in European and Nordic Studies DATES: 8.-24.8.2017 PRICES: 850-1400 EUR CREDITS: 5 ECTS COORDINATOR: Taavi Sundell Target students Advanced bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students. No prerequisites but previous studies in social sciences or humanities are recommended. Synopsis In these turbulent times, it is important to focus on the founding processes and foundations of our social and political existence. Many structures, identities and ideas we have taken for granted, from democracy and equality to the very idea of truth itself, have been contested over the last years. Through theoretical discussions and empirical examples, this course explores the ways in which post-foundational thought can be of use in the social sciences and humanities to tackle such phenomena. A focus on discourse and meaning-making is a contemporary megatrend within the social sciences and humanities. Within this larger trend, post-foundational discourse theory forms a critical framework through which to understand the political and contested nature of various phenomena. By shifting the focus from taking political, economic and social concepts at their face value to the ways in which meaning-making always takes place through contingent concepts, discourses and structures we inhabit, post-foundational discourse theory will provide the students a distinct and a productive perspective from which to approach their topics of interest. The course discusses different approaches to post-foundationalism and allows students to develop their own perspective within this emerging field. Learning objectives The course will introduce to the students the basics of post-foundational discourse theory and selected related perspectives within the post-foundational tradition in social sciences and humanities. The students will be introduced to deconstruction, rhetoric, and psychoanalysis, particularly drawing on authors such as Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Ernesto Laclau, and Chantal Mouffe, as central to this tradition. The students will be able to establish the differences between these different approaches and authors’ work within the field of post-foundational theory, and assess their usefulness for particular research purposes. The broader aim of the course is to learn to engage in theoretical discussions within the social sciences and humanities and to connect these with empirical research within these fields. Through engagements with the teachers throughout the course, as well as work done on the group presentations, the course will also provide the students a chance to accumulate more in-depth knowledge on their chosen approach and topic as well as to gain valuable skills in preparing and commenting on academic presentations. Course format and teaching methods The course consists of lectures and workshops given by Finnish and international experts on post-foundational theory, keynote lectures by distinguished scholars, mini-conferences and panel discussions built around specific theoretical and topical (e.g., populism, economy, democracy) themes, excursions and social activities, as well as group work and final group presentations by the students. Participating doctoral students can present papers on their ongoing research in the mini-conferences. During the course the main form of learning will be a lecture in the morning followed by a workshop in the afternoon by an expert on a specific approach within the post-foundational tradition, such as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, discourse theory or conceptual history. During the lecture the teacher will provide a general introduction to a particular strand of post-foundational tradition, situate it in relation to other theoretical approaches, and discuss its added value for the analysis of particular topics. The workshop in turn will focus on students’ reflections on the lecture and the reading materials assigned in relation to it, as well as on the ways in which they might learn more from their own topics through this approach. Before the course begins in Helsinki, two pre-course assignments will be completed by the participants. They will write (i) a 500 word motivational letter introducing themselves and the topics of interest on which they would like to reflect upon within the context of the course; explain why they have chosen these topics and this course; and provide an overview of their previous knowledge of post-foundational theory. As the second pre-course assignment, the students will be provided with a compiled bibliography of post-foundational theory from which they will select a text to reflect upon in the form of (ii) a 500 word mini essay. Based on these pre-course assignments, the students will be assigned to small thematic groups for group work and final presentations during the course. The groups will work on a presentation on a selected topic from a particular post-foundational perspective throughout the course and present it by the end of the course. They will be given feedback on the presentations by their peers and teachers from the course. The students will also write individually short papers during the course on topics assigned by the organizers. Means and criteria of assessment Pass/fail based on participation during lectures, workshops, and other activities; individual assignments; and group work. [-]

The Welfare City

Campus Full time 11 days August 2017 Finland Helsinki

A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? [+]

The Welfare City

ORGANISER: Department of Social Research , University of Helsinki Related Degree Programmes: Master’s Degree Programme in Urban Studies and Planning DATES: 8.-18.8.2017 PRICES: 600-900 EUR CREDITS: 6 ECTS COORDINATOR: Giacomo Bottà Target students The course is designed for Master’s degree students of social sciences, sociology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, urban planning, environmental studies, politics, and economics. Synopsis This Helsinki Summer School course takes a look at the welfare city as a sustainable model of urban development. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to examine what makes the Finnish capital a welfare city. Learning objectives During the three weeks of the course, the students and teachers will analyse how a welfare city works. For example, how should we organise housing, social services and urban planning in a liveable welfare city? What has design to do with it? And what helps to make this welfare city sustainable? Means and criteria of assessment The course consists of 1) an assignment to be completed before the beginning of the course; 2) in-course assignments including workshops, group work, writing one lecture diary and one abstract; active participation in class; and 3) final assignments: writing the final essay, and a final group presentation. [-]

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