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Englannin kielen ja kirjallisuuden maisteriopinnot

Periodit

I Periodi (29.8.2016 – 23.10.2016)
III Periodi (9.1.2017 – 5.3.2017)

Staff contact information

Course enrolment

Course enrolment is predominantly done through the electronic enrolment system in NettiOpsu. A good way to enrol on courses is by browsing the electronic teaching schedule and using the Enrol buttons in course descriptions. This way you can be certain that you get all the necessary information about the course and any special arrangements for enrolment.

Enrolment times

Autumn theme courses 1.-16.8.

Spring theme courses 28.11.-6.12.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period I: 15.-25.8.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period II: 10.-20.10.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period III: 5.-15.12.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period IV: 20.2.-2.3.

Theme course enrolment

What are Theme courses? Theme courses are alternative courses in English Language and Literature Advanced Studies. In curricula prior to autumn 2015 they were less defined on the curriculum level and were called Options.

Autumn and spring theme courses have separate enrolment, see enrolment times above. Students will be selected onto theme courses on the day after the enrolment time ends. After student selection there will be a fixed period when we want you to cancel your enrolment if you have been selected onto more theme courses than you wish to take. This period will be 18th to 25th August for autumn theme courses and 8th to 14th December for spring theme courses. You will be reminded. (Cancellations will be by email to the degree programme Study Coordinator)

Book exams etc.

Information on book exams, essays and other independent study alternatives.

Dropping out of courses

If a student has registered for a course but will not be taking it, he/she must cancel his/her registration by the set date before the course begins so that another student may take the course instead.

If a student does not participate in the course and does not cancel his/her enrolment, or if he/she discontinues the course, he/she will be assigned a fail grade for the course in question.

In The School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies students must cancel their registration within a week from the course’s first meeting.

Teaching schedule preview information

A teaching schedule planning document, which has information on teaching before that information is published here, can be viewed via the degree programme website.

Periodi (29.8.2016 - 23.10.2016)
Syventävät opinnot [I Periodi]
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Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Norri[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
30-Aug-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
Lectures
Tue 30-Aug-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 16-18, Pinni A 1081
Thu 1-Sep-2016 - 15-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-15, Pinni A 1081
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

The course starts with a discussion of the nature of variationist approaches to language. The methods of Labovian sociolinguistics, which form the backbone of most variationist approaches, will be discussed in some detail during the course. During the course we will also examine in detail the methods applied in some classic sociolinguistic, dialectological and historical studies. The course includes a discussion of the statistical methods used in variationist linguistics.

A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Course work includes weekly sessions, background reading, oral presentation in the class, and a final essay.

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Juhani Klemola, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Klemola[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
1-Sep-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Thu 1-Sep-2016 - 15-Dec-2016 weekly at 15-17, Pinni B 4079 Language technology classroom
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course focuses on standard methods of studying text and discourse, and theories behind them, including both qualitative and quantitative methods of analyzing language use in its social context (e.g. critical discourse analysis, computer-mediated discourse analysis, and corpus-assisted discourse studies). The course readings include some classic studies and latest research in the field, and hands-on projects will familiarize students with the empirical analysis of text and discourse in practice. Course work includes weekly sessions, background readings, independent study, an oral presentation in the class, and a final essay (project paper).

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Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
31-Aug-2016 – 14-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Wed 31-Aug-2016 - 26-Oct-2016 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C1
Wed 2-Nov-2016 at 14-16, Pinni B 4075
Wed 9-Nov-2016 - 14-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C1
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

Methodology: Corpus linguistics

This course is intended to introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of working with electronic language corpora. We will be looking at a range of standard reference corpora (e.g. the British National Corpus, the Corpus of Contemporary American English) and use a number of (web-based and offline/local) tools to retrieve and analyse corpus data. Depending on student preferences, there will also be an opportunity to familiarise yourself with a selection of specialised corpora (e.g. historical/diachronic corpora such as the Helsinki Corpus or spoken corpora such as the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English). Towards the end of the course, we will then be looking at (automated) ways to compile your own corpora from data available on the Internet.

In addition to the general principles of corpus linguistics, at least the following topics will be discussed:

  • (basic) statistical analyses of corpus results
  • collocations and semantic prosodies
  • manual annotation (and analysis) of corpus results
  • visualisation of corpus results

This 5-credit course will be taught in an intensive format during two weeks in September (Monday 5th to Wednesday 8th) and October (Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st), with classes taking place daily and in slots of 4 hours each.

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Sebastian Hoffmann, Teacher responsible
Teaching
5-Sep-2016 – 20-Oct-2016
Tutorials
Mon 5-Sep-2016 at 12-16, Pinni B 4079 Language technology classroom
Tue 6-Sep-2016 at 10-14, Pinni B 4079 Language technology classroom
Wed 7-Sep-2016 at 12-16, Pinni B 4079 Language technology classroom
Wed 19-Oct-2016 at 12-16, Päätalo ML3
Thu 20-Oct-2016 at 10-14, Päätalo ML3
Fri 21-Oct-2016 at 10-14, Päätalo ML3
Periods: I
Language of instruction: English

Professor Klemola's Seminar

Linguistics, especially language variation and change

My seminar is open for students interested in all kinds of linguistics topics. However, I would recommend the seminar especially for those students who are interested in corpus-based studies of variation and change in English. Possible seminar (and pro gradu) projects may focus, for example, on grammatical variation in regional varieties of English. The study of regional variation in English is facilitated by the recent International Corpus of English (ICE) family of corpora, which provide an easy access to a wide range of varieties of English from all over the English-speaking world.

The main task during the autumn term will be to write and present a research proposal (five to ten pages). In addition, each student will be expected to draft—in consultation with me—a personal study and research plan for the whole academic year. We will also focus on practical questions linked with writing a thesis, look at some examples of recent gradus completed in the English department, and read a number of articles linked with the topics you are working on.

During the spring term, each student will write a seminar paper (20+ pages), to be presented and discussed in the group. Ideally, the seminar paper will function as the first draft of your pro gradu thesis.

Lecturer McGinley's Seminar

This course is for students interested in literary study and is designed to help in writing your MA thesis and to give experience of academic literary analysis, discussion and debate. Throughout the course there will be classes addressing research methods, style, structure, and composition. But the predominant emphasis will be on the actual writing of your thesis.

The first half of the course will see you defining your topic and submitting an abstract for discussion with your supervisor early in the course, and building towards a presentation of the thesis proposal (12-15 pages) and discussion of it with other students. The second half of the course will involve writing a draft of your thesis (about 5000-7000 words), and again presenting it to the class for comment and discussion. During the presentation sessions, each student will also serve as commentator on another student’s thesis, giving constructive feedback on the presentation before the discussion is opened and the other students invited to share their thoughts.

Assessment will be by completion of assignments (abstracts, research proposals, and thesis drafts) and ‘participation’, which will include attendance, fulfillment of all presentation requirements, performance as commentator, and contribution to class discussions.

Lecturer Salmela's Seminar

The group is meant for students interested in research topics in literature and culture.

During the autumn term, you will first write an abstract, which describes your prospective thesis very concisely, and then a full research plan of about 1,500 or 2,000 words. During the spring term, you will work on your thesis as a whole and submit a seminar paper, which is a draft of a part of your thesis, ideally about 7,000 words in length. Both the research plan and the seminar paper will be presented for discussion in class, with each student serving as commentator on another student’s work. As the ultimate purpose of the seminar is to help everyone complete their thesis, asking questions and commenting upon other students’ papers is an essential part of coursework. Throughout the course, we will be addressing different particulars of the research process, the style and structure of the MA thesis, and the mechanics of academic writing.

Assessment will be by completion of assignments (abstract, research proposal, and seminar paper) and ‘participation’, which will include attendance, fulfillment of all presentation requirements, performance as commentator, and contribution to class discussions.

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Juhani Klemola, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Klemola[ät]uta.fi
Markku Salmela, Teacher responsible
Markku.Salmela[ät]uta.fi
Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
29-Aug-2016 – 24-May-2017
Tutorials
Group 1 (Salmela, literature)
Mon 29-Aug-2016 - 12-Dec-2016 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4086
Mon 9-Jan-2017 - 24-Apr-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4086
Group 2 (Klemola, linguistics)
Wed 31-Aug-2016 - 14-Dec-2016 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4032
Wed 11-Jan-2017 - 24-May-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4032
Group 3 (McGinley, literature)
Wed 31-Aug-2016 - 14-Dec-2016 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4032
Wed 11-Jan-2017 - 24-May-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4032
Group 4 (Nevala, linguistics, continues from spring 2016)
Wed 31-Aug-2016 - 14-Dec-2016 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Periods: I II III IV
Language of instruction: English

New Zealand English is one of the world's youngest varieties of English. We discuss its origins and development, looking at theories of new dialect formation and the development of postcolonial Englishes in general, and get to know the defining characteristics of NZE at the levels of pronunciation, lexis, and grammar. Comparisons are made between NZE, its closest relative Australian English, and the parent variety, British English. Assessment is based on class participation, a presentation, and a final essay.

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Paul Rickman, Teacher responsible
Paul.Rickman[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
29-Aug-2016 – 12-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Mon 29-Aug-2016 - 12-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A 3098
Periods: I
Language of instruction: English

The aim of the course is to give the participants an overall picture of the principles of the study of words. We shall begin by looking at the varieties of English (e.g. geographical, dialectal, social, formal, informal, slang, technical, pejorative) and how these are reflected on the level of vocabulary. The labelling of the different types of variety in dictionaries will also be discussed. After this, the course moves on to examine the main sources of English vocabulary (techniques of word-formation, foreign adoptions). Next, aspects of meaning will be addressed, including the ways in which the meanings of words change along dimensions such as gender (e.g. guy, certain articles of clothing) and pejoration (e.g. idiot, imbecile, moron). We shall finally discuss larger structures pertaining to the lexicon. These may be either paradigmatic relations (e.g. synonymy, polysemy, antonymy, lexical fields, lexical sets) or syntagmatic ones (e.g. collocations).

Course work includes regular attendance of the weekly sessions, homework assignments (practical exercises relating to various aspects of vocabulary), and an essay on a specific topic relating to the study of words.

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Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Norri[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
2-Sep-2016 – 16-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Fri 2-Sep-2016 - 16-Dec-2016 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course will focus on the social aspects of language variation. The first half of the course will be devoted to a detailed discussion of some of the central issues in so-called Labovian sociolinguistics/microsociolinguistics. During the second half of the course the focus will be on a number of sociolinguistic topics including language and ethnicity, language, sex, and gender, language contact and language change.

A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Course work includes weekly sessions, background reading, oral presentation in the class, and a final essay.

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Juhani Klemola, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Klemola[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
1-Sep-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Thu 1-Sep-2016 - 15-Dec-2016 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 3113
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

In this course we will examine the question of murder and representation, with a special focus on gender issues. We will concentrate on one type of murder, serial murder, as a cultural narrative from the end of the 19th century to the present. During this course we will analyze the cultural imagery and social contexts of serial killing in Britain and the United States. In particular, we will try to answer this question: how are gender and "normalcy" constructed through murder narratives, deviation, and crime? We will start with the case of Jack the Ripper - the first "modern" serial killer - and his victims and move on to representations of male and female psychopaths and lesbian serial killing. We will explore such different genres as films and documentary programmes as well as texts written by FBI agents, serial killers and psychiatrists. We will also read three novels: Robert Bloch's Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, and Helen Zahavi's Dirty Weekend.

Assessment: essay and class contribution.

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Maarit Piipponen, Teacher responsible
Maarit.Piipponen[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
30-Aug-2016 – 13-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Tue 30-Aug-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3108
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course will address the question “What is Scottish Literature?” by examining the works of key authors from the Middle Ages to the present day to identify the social, historical, and cultural contexts and significant themes that have defined the Scottish literary canon. We will explore themes such as religion, duality, fantasy and the supernatural, language, and gender, and investigate the contributions of Scots, Gaelic, and Nordic cultures to identify the diverse influences that have shaped Scottish culture through the centuries. We will also discuss the theoretical controversies and social conflicts that have informed debate over the construction of the Scottish literary canon.

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Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
29-Aug-2016 – 12-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Mon 29-Aug-2016 - 12-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C1
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course will examine the development of British drama from the late seventeenth and eighteenth-century. Studying a selection of plays from genres including comedy, tragedy, satire, and ballad-opera, and attending to changes in the staging conventions of the period, we will examine the historical and social contexts of the drama and look at the theatre as a site of political and social debate that engaged with topics such as gender and power, imperialism, British identity, and political corruption.

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Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
30-Aug-2016 – 13-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Tue 30-Aug-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4031
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course is an introduction to the description and explanatory modeling of English syntax in a way that will take students far beyond the basics.

The focus will be on constituent structure, the hierarchical relationship between sentence constituents, and the reordering processes that permit us to formulate and comprehend a broad range of structures. This will enable students to understand and explain how the syntax of English works and how it contrasts with the syntax of other languages, but ultimately has much in common with the syntax of all languages. The learning goals for the course involve your acquiring the ability to analyze English sentences, to identify different types of main, complement, and adjunct clauses, and to formulate precise linguistic generalizations about the sentences and constructions that you analyze. This expertise can be applied, not just to standard English, but to regional and social varieties of English, as well as to Finnish and other languages you know, study, teach, and research.

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Peter Slomanson, Teacher responsible
Peter.Slomanson[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
30-Aug-2016 – 13-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Tue 30-Aug-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A 3098
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course concerns how language can be used to convey, gain and maintain relative power in spoken and written discourse. The emphasis is on how power affects the different areas of written and spoken discourse, including institutional and influential language use, and how it interacts with social factors such as culture, status and distance. During the course, students will get familiar with recognising various patterns of discourse relating to power as a linguistic concept, gather their own data, and do their own analysis of it.
 
Course requirements

Group/pair research and oral presentation, including opponentship; active class room and Moodle participation; peer review.

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Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
30-Aug-2016 – 13-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Tue 30-Aug-2016 - 13-Dec-2016 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo C1
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
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Maarit Piipponen, Teacher responsible
Maarit.Piipponen[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
29-Aug-2016 – 12-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Mon 29-Aug-2016 - 12-Sep-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
Mon 19-Sep-2016 at 12-14, Päätalo C6
Mon 26-Sep-2016 at 12-14, Pinni B 3118
Mon 3-Oct-2016 - 12-Dec-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course concentrates on the significance of settings in fiction, and on how descriptions of landscape influence the thematic structure of texts. We will be considering the aesthetics of different kinds of landscapes, analyzing their social and psychological effects through their literary depictions. We will also be touching on various theoretical approaches, including ecocriticism, and using some concepts from spatial theory and cultural geography to make sense of the texts. Thematically, the emphasis will often – though not exclusively – fall on the relationship between humanity and nature. The texts will cover a wide range of historical circumstances and real-world geographical locations. The course aims at suggesting, among other things, that descriptions of setting can be just as important in literature as the events narrated.


Assessment: class participation, a short presentation, and a course diary.

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Markku Salmela, Teacher responsible
Markku.Salmela[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
31-Aug-2016 – 14-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Wed 31-Aug-2016 - 26-Oct-2016 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C2
Wed 2-Nov-2016 at 14-16, Pinni B 4079 Language technology classroom
Wed 9-Nov-2016 - 14-Dec-2016 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C2
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course introduces varieties of English throughout the world – their historical background, current sociolinguistic status, and their linguistic characteristics. We will first establish the theoretical background for studying World Englishes (models of World Englishes, levels of variation), after which we will embark on a journey around the world. Varieties introduced include Englishes used as a native language, as an institutionalized second language, and as a foreign language. Throughout the course, corpus linguistic evidence is used to exemplify language use in different varieties. Course work includes weekly sessions, background reading, and a mini project, its oral presentation and written report.

Course requirements: weekly sessions, background reading, and a mini project, its oral presentation and written report.

Prior completion of ENGS18 English as a Global Language is recommended and students who have completed ENGS18 English as a Global Language will have priority when students are selected for the course.

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Paula Rautionaho, Teacher responsible
Teaching
2-Sep-2016 – 9-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Fri 2-Sep-2016 - 14-Oct-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4032
Fri 28-Oct-2016 - 9-Dec-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4032
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

Satire is a critical genre that tests the limits of good taste and freedom of speech. The role of public ridicule in society and the rights of satirists have been debated since antiquity, which has generated an extensive theoretical literature around the topic. The course will include a variety of examples of satire from the Enlightenment to modernism and postmodernism. In addition to literary texts, we will also examine contemporary examples of satire from television, film and new media. After the course, students will be familiar with a number of theoretical approaches to satire and have a grasp of the history of the genre. Assessment: class participation, short presentations, essay.

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Tommi Kakko, Teacher responsible
Teaching
1-Sep-2016 – 15-Dec-2016
Tutorials
Thu 1-Sep-2016 - 15-Dec-2016 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 5005
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
Periodi (9.1.2017 - 5.3.2017)
Syventävät opinnot [III Periodi]
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Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
10-Jan-2017 – 25-Apr-2017
Lectures
Tue 10-Jan-2017 - 17-Jan-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 31-Jan-2017 - 7-Feb-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 21-Feb-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 7-Mar-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 21-Mar-2017 - 28-Mar-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 11-Apr-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 25-Apr-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tutorials
Group 1
Mon 23-Jan-2017 at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Mon 13-Feb-2017 at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Mon 13-Mar-2017 at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Mon 3-Apr-2017 at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Group 2
Tue 24-Jan-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4117
Tue 14-Feb-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4117
Tue 14-Mar-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4117
Tue 4-Apr-2017 at 16-18, Pinni B 4117
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

The course will consist of lectures in one period and associated tutorials in the next period. We will touch on theoretical paradigms including New Criticism, structuralism, psychoanalysis, feminism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, the New Historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial and queer theory, spatial theory, and ecocriticism.

During the series of lectures, the central aim is to learn to read theoretical argumentation and to discover methods of applying this insight to reading other texts. Part of the effort is to become aware of the historical dialogue in which the theories are engaged, and to understand how one might take part in it. Each student is expected to purchase Hans Bertens’ book Literary Theory: The Basics (3rd ed., 2014), which will provide preliminary reading for each lecture.

In the tutorials, students will work in small teams to develop specific theory-based interpretations of a literary text. The teams will present their findings in class. In addition to the refinement of advanced analytical skills, the purpose of the team projects is to help students see the broader significance of theoretical choices and the meaning(s) of ‘method’ in literary studies.

Assessment will be based on a short learning diary and class participation.

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Markku Salmela, Teacher responsible
Markku.Salmela[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
10-Jan-2017 – 24-May-2017
Lectures
Tue 10-Jan-2017 - 28-Feb-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni A 3107
Tutorials
Group 1
Tue 7-Mar-2017 - 25-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3112
Group 2
Wed 8-Mar-2017 - 26-Apr-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni A 3098
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

Language in context, discourse studies, applied linguistics

This seminar runs for the next calendar year, starting in January 2017. The seminar is intended for students who are interested in analyzing language use in context, i.e. in relation to various language-external factors, using qualitative or quantitative methods, including discourse analysis or corpus linguistics. The students’ interests can relate, for example, to English in specific social or situational contexts, bi- and multilingualism, computer-mediated communication, or language use in the history of English. Students interested in studying English in the context of learning and teaching are also welcome.

The seminar offers practical advice, guidance and support during the process of planning and writing the thesis, addressing each step in the research process. As working methods we will use collaborative group work, including discussions of relevant reading and the students’ own projects.

During the spring term, students are expected to produce a research proposal, specifying the main elements of their pro gradu thesis, to present it to the seminar group, and to start working on their thesis. In the autumn term, students continue to work on their thesis. The aim during the seminar year is to finish a draft version of the entire thesis; the minimum requirement is to produce at least 1-2 draft chapters of the thesis, serving as “the seminar paper”. Towards the end of the seminar year, each student’s thesis draft will be discussed in class.

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Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
11-Jan-2017 – 26-Apr-2017
Tutorials
Wed 11-Jan-2017 - 26-Apr-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This is an introductory survey course that will enable students to understand major research questions and goals in second language acquisition, the extent of current knowledge in this area of inquiry, and how we can view the same questions from different theoretical vantage points. Two of the central questions for discussion will be whether there is a critical period for the native-like acquisition of a second language and the extent to which second language grammars (including systematically occurring non-native errors in syntax, morphology, and phonology) can be directly attributed to the influence of the grammar of the learner's native language.

The course will consist of weekly instruction, weekly readings to be summarized orally by pairs of students, active participation in discussions, short data collection assignments, and a final exam.

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Peter Slomanson, Teacher responsible
Peter.Slomanson[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
10-Jan-2017 – 23-May-2017
Tutorials
Tue 10-Jan-2017 - 23-May-2017 weekly at 17-19, Pinni B 4031
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

The course considers the challenges that language variation poses for language teaching. It is specially designed for future professionals in language learning and teaching, and offers suggestions and support for pro gradu research in this area, but it is useful for any students interested in language variation. The course reviews some of the many dimensions along which a language can vary, such as mode and register (spoken and written language, formal and informal styles), domain (special languages), social class, gender (men's and women's language) and geographical region (Englishes), and the ways in which these dimensions are and can be taken into account in the classroom. The course includes lectures and discussions of different dimensions of language variation, background reading, and a small-scale project and its written report.

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Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
10-Jan-2017 – 25-Apr-2017
Tutorials
Tue 10-Jan-2017 - 25-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo A35
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This course reviews linguistic as well as various socio-cultural aspects of English as a global language, paying attention to both theory and practice. The course has three main aims. Firstly, it briefly outlines the development and characteristics of English as a global language – the variation, change and diversification of English in different regions, societies, communities and settings in the world – with specific emphasis on non-native-speaker contexts. Secondly, the course provides a critical overview of issues around and debates on the impact of the spread of English in the world. Thirdly, it familiarizes students with a range of linguistic and discourse-pragmatic approaches to studying English as a global language, also providing suggestions and support for pro gradu research in this area. Course work includes weekly sessions, background reading, and a mini project, its oral presentation and written report.

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Paula Rautionaho, Teacher responsible
Teaching
9-Jan-2017 – 22-May-2017
Tutorials
Mon 9-Jan-2017 - 24-Apr-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4119
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This option will present students with an extensive coverage of the different ways in which new words are formed in English. The course will begin by a survey of the basic concepts relating to word-formation and morphology (affix, derivation, root, base, lexeme, opaqueness, transparency etc.). We shall then move on to examine the many different processes by which new words are formed in English (e.g. derivation, compounding, blending, clipping, sound-symbolism). The course ends with two relatively recent ways of putting together new words (cut-down puns and knock-knock words).

Course work includes regular attendance of the weekly sessions, homework assignments (theory handouts and practical exercises relating to various aspects of word-formation), and an end-of-term examination.

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Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Norri[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
13-Jan-2017 – 21-Apr-2017
Tutorials
Fri 13-Jan-2017 - 21-Apr-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This is an introduction to linguistic pragmatics, with a particular focus on a range of information- structuring processes in informal native English discourse. This involves the foregrounding and backgrounding of elements within utterances, involving non-canonical word order (including clefting, topicalization, and left/right dislocation), the insertion of discourse particles (such as the infamous originally American English "like"), and intonational strategies. We will also look at how these pragmatic alternations are interpreted by non-native speakers, how competing strategies from other languages (including Finnish) may be transferred into non-native English usage, and how these competing strategies may persist in "ethnic" native varieties of English.

The course will consist of weekly instruction, weekly readings to be summarized orally by pairs of students, active participation in discussions, short data collection assignments, and a final exam.

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Peter Slomanson, Teacher responsible
Peter.Slomanson[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
9-Jan-2017 – 22-May-2017
Tutorials
Mon 9-Jan-2017 - 22-May-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A34
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

Most people in the world speak two or more languages. Language contact is thus a ubiquitous phenomenon which entails a wide range of social, political and linguistic consequences. This course provides a survey of English as a contact language, focusing on both historical and present-day contact varieties of English. Topics to be discussed during the course include Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Code-Switching, Contact-Induced Language Change, Second Language Acquisition and Language Shift, Language Death, Pidgins and Creoles.

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Juhani Klemola, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Klemola[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
12-Jan-2017 – 25-May-2017
Tutorials
Thu 12-Jan-2017 - 25-May-2017 weekly at 10-12, Päätalo C1
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This course examines the concept and practice of literary postmodernism in the United States from three interlinked perspectives:

  1. New kinds of experimental literary fiction gained prominence in the US in the latter half of the 20th century. We will begin by reading stories reflective of the stylistic and philosophical fundamentals of literary postmodernism, by authors such as John Barth, Donald Barthelme, and Robert Coover.

  2. The idea of postmodern culture manifests itself in specific cultural tendencies and textual representations. Some emphasis in our discussion will fall on notions such as irony, pastiche, simulation, (the possibility of) originality, and relativism.

  3. What might have followed postmodernism? The course will take a brief look at literary and cultural impulses that have reacted to, and modified, postmodernism’s premises.


Throughout the course, we will be reading some complex but (potentially) highly entertaining texts. We will also examine a few influential theories, watch a film or two, and consider the importance of different media in the aesthetic project of postmodernism.

Assessment: class participation, a short presentation, and a course diary.

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Markku Salmela, Teacher responsible
Markku.Salmela[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
9-Jan-2017 – 22-May-2017
Tutorials
Mon 9-Jan-2017 - 10-Apr-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4032
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

While science fiction often takes place in societies far away in the future or on distant planets, it often also says something critical about contemporary societies. During this course we will take a closer look at some of the recurring themes that sf criticizes and examine what kinds of tools it uses to criticize these issues. We will also consider what the purpose or effect of the criticism might be: Is sf activism or mere escapism? The reading will consist of a combination of fictional and theoretical texts. The main focus will be on science fiction written in the past 50 years, but we will also touch on recent sf television and film.

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Essi Vatilo, Teacher responsible
Teaching
20-Jan-2017 – 28-Apr-2017
Tutorials
Fri 20-Jan-2017 - 28-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4114
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This course focuses on the latest central issues and theories in politeness and impoliteness studies. Its main emphasis is on EFL texts and discourse and on how (im)politeness is used and taught in them to maintain spoken and written intercourse in different social situations. The course includes themes such as classroom interaction, textbook dialogues, cross-cultural variation, and acquisition of pragmatic competence. Requirements include active class participation, an oral (group) presentation, and participation in Moodle group work and assignments.

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Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
12-Jan-2017 – 27-Apr-2017
Tutorials
Thu 12-Jan-2017 - 27-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 5005
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

Modernity is associated with the disenchantment of the world, the dissolution of myths and the destruction of grand narratives. Theorists have debated whether aesthetic modernism can be viewed as a fitting response to the pessimism inherent in modernity or a nihilistic pursuit in itself. We will examine a number of past and contemporary poems, plays, novels and short stories that reflect the perceived meaninglessness of modern life. The texts will include selections from the Earl of Rochester and Alexander Pope to Samuel Beckett and Cormac McCarthy. Assessment: class participation, group work, essay.

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Tommi Kakko, Teacher responsible
Teaching
11-Jan-2017 – 26-Apr-2017
Lectures
Wed 11-Jan-2017 - 26-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4118
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Syventävien vaihtoehtoisiksi opinnoiksi sopivat yksikön yhteiset [III Periodi]

Kurssi perehdyttää kielenopettajaksi opiskelevat mediamaailman viimeaikaisten muutosten kautta syntyneisiin internet-ilmiöihin, kuten sosiaalinen media, monimediainen teksti, monilukutaito sekä yhteisöllinen tiedonrakentaminen ja oppiminen. Näiden merkitystä ja vaikutusta käsitellään kielenopetuksen ja -oppimisen näkökulmasta.

Lisäksi syvennetään aihetta tutustumalla moniaistisen teknologian kielenoppimiselle tarjoamiin uudenlaisiin mahdollisuuksiin, jota havainnollistetaan esimerkiksi yliopistomme (monitieteisten) tutkimusprojektien tuotosten esittelyn kautta. Ensisijaisesti sovelletaan teoriaa käytäntöön, eli aiheeseen liittyvään perusteoriaan perehtymisen ohella kurssilla harjoitellaan, ideoidaan ja kehitetään yhteistoiminnallisesti monimediaisten interaktiivisten lähestymistapojen hyödyntämistä kielenopetuksessa.

Opetuskieli suomi (mahdollisia myös englanti, ruotsi ja saksa), kurssityö opiskeltavalla kielellä, mikäli kurssi halutaan integroida kielten tutkinto-ohjelmien opintoihin.

Opetus toteutetaan luentoina ja työpajoina.

Suoritustapa: Muutamia luentosidonnaisia osatehtäviä ja kurssityö.

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Laura Pihkala-Posti, Vastaava opettaja
Laura.Pihkala-Posti[ät]uta.fi
Opetus
12.1.2017 – 27.4.2017
Luento-opetus
To 12.1.2017 - 27.4.2017 viikoittain klo 16-18, Pinni B4079
Periodit: III IV
Opetuskieli: suomi