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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2018–2019
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
YKYYKV1 Finnish Society and Culture (spring) 3–5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Yhteiset opinnot/YKY
Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

The course is especially designed for international students who wish to know more about the Finnish society and culture. The main purpose is to introduce the students to the society and culture of contemporary Finland. After the course, the students will have an idea of the development and cultural, political and economic background of one of the Nordic welfare states.

Obtaining 3 ECTS credits: participation in the lectures, passing the lecture exam organised at the end of the lecture series. The exam will be a multiple choice exam which possibly also includes writing some short essays.

Obtaining 5 ECTS credits: in addition to participation in the lectures and in the lecture exam, student must also pass an exam based on additional reading organized together with the lecture exam. Additional reading consists of scientific articles on Finnish Society and Culture and is to be confirmed in the course programme in Moodle.

General description


16.1. Seija-Leena Nevala: Finland – 101 years of Independency

23.1. Katja Keisala: How to Communicate in Finland

30.1. Johanna Peltoniemi: Finnish Political System

6.2. Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso: Finnish Popular Music from "Humppa" to Lordi

13.2. Hannu Sinisalo: Boundaries of Finnishness and Ethnic Minorities in Finland

20.2. Marko Seppänen: Finnish Innovations - Past, Present and Future

27.2. no lecture

6.3. Tuija Koivunen: Women, Men and Work

13.3. Ari Vanamo: Finnish Forests and Forestry

20.3. Lina van Aerschot: Finnish Welfare and Social Services

27.3. Raisa Harju-Autti: Finnish Education System

3.4. Katja Fält: Finnish Art History in a Nutshell

10.4. Arja Luiro: Finnish Gastronomy

17.4. Jyrki Jyrkiäinen: Special Features of Finnish Mass Media

24.4. exam

+ the date of retake exam will be announced later

Enrolment for University Studies

Please enrol before the first lecture (16.1).


Helena Siipo, Contact person


16-Jan-2019 – 15-May-2019
Wed 16-Jan-2019 - 15-May-2019 weekly at 18-20, Linna K103


Numeric 1-5.

Evaluation criteria

Participation in the lectures and an exam. The exam will be organised at the end of the lecture series. It will be a multiple choice which, possibly, also includes writing some short essays.