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POLKVS32/RES013 Stepping Stones to Working Life in the Field of EU-Russia Relations (STEPIN) 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
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Politiikan tutkimuksen tutkinto-ohjelma
Kansainvälinen politiikka
School of Management

General description

Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Module, University of Tampere

Stepping Stones to Working Life in the Field of EU-Russia Relations (STEPIN) is a bridge between the final stages of university studies at the Master’s level and the professional life. STEPIN consists of an intensive, one-week tailor-made training course on EU issues (EU-Russia relations in particular) with special relevance to the students orienting themselves in the working life. Focusing on skills and knowledge in a transversal sense, the training course provides the students with a concrete introduction to professional life in the academia, research institutes, administration, policy-making and the private sector, NGOs and civil society. It emphasizes learning by doing and active participation of the students, teaching staff and visitors, with the aim of increased familiarity with the expectations of potential employers, actual career paths and experiences, and deeper understanding of the relevance of the students’ expertise and skills and different ways of putting them to use.


Monday 4 April

10-12 Welcome and introduction to the STEPIN course (Hanna Ojanen); introduction to the writing exercise (Anna-Kaisa Hiltunen)

14–16 Open seminar: “Joining Hands for Syria’s Future: Prospects for Cooperation between the EU and Russia?”

Mr. Mikko Patokallio, Analyst in Crisis Management Initiative’s (CMI) Programme Management Office (PMO).
Ms. Irina Petrova, PhD fellow at the Leuven International and European Studies (LINES) Institute, University of Leuven
Dr. Ekaterina Stepanova, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow

Mr. Jukka Huusko, Staff Writer at Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, former Cairo correspondent, Helsinki

Tuesday 5 April

10–12 Research as a career (guest speakers)
13–16 TV interviews, introduction and first exercises (Jussi Seppälä)

Wednesday 6 April

10–16 TV interviews and feedback (Jussi Seppälä)

Thursday 7 April

9–13 EU careers, introduction and test simulation
14–16 Lecture on the media (topic tbc) (guest speaker)

Friday 8 April

10–12 Feedback on the written exercise (Anna-Kaisa Hiltunen)
13–16 General feedback session


Enrolment for University Studies

The number of participants will be limited to 10-15. Those interested in taking part are invited to send a letter of motivation that also includes information about the topic and stage of the applicant's Master's thesis to Jean Monnet Professor Hanna Ojanen by e-mail (hanna.ojanen@uta.fi) by 29 February at the latest.


Hanna Ojanen, Teacher responsible
Jussi Seppälä, Teacher
Anna-Kaisa Hiltunen, Teacher

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15-Mar-2016 – 8-Apr-2016
Lectures 12 hours
Tue 15-Mar-2016 at 14-16, Pinni A2014
Mon 4-Apr-2016 at 10-12, Pinni A3098
Mon 4-Apr-2016 at 14-16, Paavo Koli auditorium, Pinni A
Tue 5-Apr-2016 at 10-12, Pinni A2057
Thu 7-Apr-2016 at 14-16, Pinni A2089
Fri 8-Apr-2016 at 10-12, Pinni A2089
Group work 12 hours
Tue 5-Apr-2016 at 13-16, Pinni A2057, Parallel with TV exercises.
Wed 6-Apr-2016 at 10-16, Pinni A2020, Parallel with TV exercises.
Thu 7-Apr-2016 at 9-13, Computer classroom Pinni A21
Fri 8-Apr-2016 at 13-16, Pinni A2089
Exercises 10 hours
Tue 5-Apr-2016 at 13-16, TV studio, tbc
Wed 6-Apr-2016 at 10-16, TV studio, tbc