|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (6 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
Expenses for Special Courses
A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
This course focuses on the current challenges of democracy and the rule of law in the Eastern members of the EU. It will be taught by a group of area studies experts with disciplinary backgrounds in history, sociology, media and cultural studies.
The course provides students with multidisciplinary approaches to study political and societal problems that hinder democratic conduct and undermine the common future of the European community. We address central issues related to governance, populism, nationalism, corruption, poverty, xenophobia, Roma population, environment and gender-related questions.
The course offers an extended temporal and spatial context. It reflects on the dynamic interaction of the underlying historical continuities and fluctuating changes. It also reviews the global and regional challenges and thus reflects on the development in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, with special attention to the impact of the nearby great power Russia.
The students will gain a broad overview of current societal and political developments in Eastern European EU countries. 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 region. The course will also help students looking to specialise in subjects and fields of research covered by the course. The students will 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 38 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. Each lecture includes mandatory pre-reading. The class format is divided into a 45-minute lecture and a 45-minute workshop. The syllabus with course readings will be disseminated to students before the course begins.
The course is designed for advanced undergraduates or Master’s level students of humanities and social sciences.
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