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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Programs

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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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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’... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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.... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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... [-]

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. [-]