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Periodit

I Periodi (4.9.2017 – 22.10.2017)
III Periodi (8.1.2018 – 4.3.2018)

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.-22.8.

Spring theme courses 27.11.-6.12.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period I: 21.-31.8.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period II: 9.-19.10.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period III: 4.-14.12.

Enrolment for other courses starting in period IV: 12.2.-22.2.

Theme course enrolment

What are Theme courses? Theme courses are alternative courses in English Language and Literature Advanced Studies.

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 24th to 31st August for autumn theme courses and 8th to 13th 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 English degree programme 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.

Periodi (4.9.2017 - 22.10.2017)
Syventävät opinnot [I Periodi]
Enrolment for University Studies
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Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Norri[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
12-Sep-2017 – 14-Dec-2017
Lectures
Tue 12-Sep-2017 - 10-Oct-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni A 1081
Thu 14-Sep-2017 - 12-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-15, Pinni A 1081
Tue 24-Oct-2017 at 16-18, Pinni A Paavo Koli -sali
Thu 26-Oct-2017 - 7-Dec-2017 weekly at 14-15, Pinni A 1081
Tue 31-Oct-2017 - 12-Dec-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni A 1081
Thu 14-Dec-2017 at 14-16, Pinni A 1081, Exam
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

Professor Nevala's Seminars

Language in context, discourse studies, applied linguistics

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 first 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 second 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.

Lecturer Norri's Seminar

My seminar is primarily meant for students who are interested in doing research on English vocabulary, English word-formation, dictionaries of English, and English for Specific Purposes (English as used in various types of scientific writing), but other linguistic topics are also welcome. In seminar papers dealing with vocabulary, it is possible to concentrate either on Present-day English or on chronological developments in English vocabulary and dictionaries of English. The following are some examples of topics covered in recent MA theses: film-related neologisms in the magazine Total Film; slogans used in refractive surgery advertising; the offensiveness and usage of the lexemes bitch and son of a bitch; insulting nationality words in some British and American dictionaries and in the British National Corpus.

In the autumn term, we will concentrate on finding a topic for you to write on and on putting together a research proposal (circa five to ten pages). Practical questions relating to the writing of an MA thesis will also be addressed, as will various ways of finding research material for your study (corpora and other electronic sources, printed books, etc.).

During the spring term, students are expected to write a seminar paper (approximately twenty pages, but longer contributions are also welcome), to be presented and discussed in our meetings. The seminar paper is usually a first draft of the MA thesis, and our purpose should be to lay a solid foundation for the final thesis in our sessions, ideally completing a significant portion of the thesis in the course of the academic year.

To apply for a place in my seminar, please act according to the instructions. I would appreciate it if those who are interested in attending the seminar sent me an email (juhani.norri@staff.uta.fi) to arrange for an appointment before the seminar officially begins. It would be good to discuss your topic and your approach to it as early as possible. (My summer holiday runs from July 10th till August 13th; meetings are possible both before and after it.)

University Lecturer Piipponen’s Seminar

This seminar is open for students interested in literary analysis and cultural studies. I would like to recommend this seminar especially for those students who are interested in women’s writing and gender/queer studies, popular literature (especially detective fiction), the study of genres and generic conventions, American literature (1900-), and literary/filmic/televisual works dealing with imperialism, postcolonialism, ethnicity and multiculturalism.

During the autumn, participants start working on their thesis and write a research proposal in which they specify the primary material, research question and theoretical approach of the thesis (approximately five pages); the proposal is then presented to and discussed by the seminar group. During the spring, participants continue their work and present their seminar paper (which ideally consists of one or two chapters of the actual thesis). The goal of the seminar is to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to complete the thesis and to offer support and practical advice during the writing process. Besides the seminar sessions, also individual consultation sessions will be arranged according to the needs of the participants.

To apply for a place, please act as instructed; if you want to start working on your thesis before the autumn, please send me an email as soon as possible (maarit.piipponen@uta.fi).

Associate Professor Riquet's Seminar

This thesis seminar is especially recommended to students interested in literary spaces, the links between literature and geography, ecocriticism, travel writing, magic and the supernatural in fiction, phenomenology, deconstruction, and cinema, but students working on other topics are also welcome.

In the first semester, you will develop a concise abstract (300 words) and a detailed research proposal (5-8 pages) for your project; in the second semester, you will first submit a draft chapter (6000-8000 words) before writing the thesis itself. Throughout the seminar, we will discuss important questions pertaining to research techniques and methodologies as well as academic writing and style. We will also occasionally read texts written by established academics in order to discuss the problems and challenges they encountered and the solutions they found; in this way, we will familiarise ourselves with a variety of models and approaches to research in the field of literary and cultural studies.

At each stage, students will present their projects to the class and get feedback from each other. Active participation on the part of all students is therefore an indispensable part of the seminar. Students will be assessed on the basis of the different assignments, attendance, and participation in class.

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Maarit Piipponen, Teacher responsible
Maarit.Piipponen[ät]uta.fi
Johannes Riquet, Teacher responsible
johannes.riquet[ät]uta.fi
Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible
Juhani.Norri[ät]uta.fi
Minna Nevala, Teacher responsible
Minna.Nevala[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
4-Sep-2017 – 23-May-2018
Tutorials
Group 1 (Piipponen, literature)
Wed 13-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 21-Feb-2018 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Wed 7-Mar-2018 - 23-May-2018 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Group 2 (Riquet, literature)
Wed 6-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A35
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A35
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 21-Feb-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4031
Wed 7-Mar-2018 - 23-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4031
Group 3 (Norri, linguistics)
Mon 4-Sep-2017 - 9-Oct-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Mon 23-Oct-2017 - 11-Dec-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Mon 8-Jan-2018 - 19-Feb-2018 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Mon 5-Mar-2018 - 21-May-2018 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4086
Group 4 (Nevala, linguistics)
Wed 6-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A33
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A33
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 21-Feb-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4086
Wed 7-Mar-2018 - 23-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4086
Group 5 (Nevala, linguistics, continues from spring 2017)
Wed 13-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4031
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni B 4031
Periods: I II III IV
Language of instruction: English
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Mark Kaunisto, Teacher responsible
Mark.Kaunisto[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
7-Sep-2017 – 12-Oct-2017
Tutorials
Thu 7-Sep-2017 - 12-Oct-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
Tue 12-Sep-2017 - 10-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo C1
Periods: I
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
12-Sep-2017 – 12-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Tue 12-Sep-2017 - 10-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A 2089
Tue 24-Oct-2017 - 12-Dec-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni A 2089
Periods: I II
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
4-Sep-2017 – 11-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Mon 4-Sep-2017 - 9-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3113
Mon 23-Oct-2017 - 11-Dec-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3113
Periods: I II
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
8-Sep-2017 – 15-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Fri 8-Sep-2017 - 13-Oct-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Fri 27-Oct-2017 - 15-Dec-2017 weekly at 10-12, 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
12-Sep-2017 – 12-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Tue 12-Sep-2017 - 10-Oct-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 5005
Tue 24-Oct-2017 - 12-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 5005
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

This course is a theme course on hero narratives in Anglophone popular culture. The course uses alternative study methods and is focused on individual, independent project work: classes mostly take place in the first period, after which students work on their own projects in the second period. Each student chooses a hero narrative (literary, filmic, televisual, etc), narrows down a research topic, and gives a conference presentation in December. Please note that there will be no classes on the hero narratives themselves; instead, classes deal with transferable skills such as writing and commenting on abstracts and giving conference presentations. In addition, individual project work is supervised by the teacher during the autumn.

The course is directed at students who have an interest in popular culture and hero narratives; who are interested in (independent) project work, research, and transferable skills; who are looking for a pro gradu topic; and who can manage and respect deadlines, because in December we will organise a Pop-up Heroes Day with conference presentations.

Thematic areas of interest for conference presentations and posters include, but are not limited to the following areas of interest: gender and hero narratives; superheroes; queering heroes; heroes and violence; global(ising) hero narratives; setting and spatiality in hero narratives; postcolonial heroes; cultural diversity and heroes; heroes and popular seriality; hero parodies; hero adaptations; heroes and fan fiction; and mobile heroes.

Assessment: class assignments, conference presentation, class contribution.

Tentative schedule and additional information

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Maarit Piipponen, Teacher responsible
Maarit.Piipponen[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
4-Sep-2017 – 11-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Mon 4-Sep-2017 - 11-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3112
Exceptions:
2-Oct-2017 at 12 –14 , Pinni A 3111
Fri 1-Dec-2017 at 10-17, Pinni B 4087 (tulkkausstudio)
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
4-Sep-2017 – 11-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Group 1
Mon 4-Sep-2017 - 9-Oct-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3112
Mon 23-Oct-2017 - 27-Nov-2017 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3112
Mon 4-Dec-2017 at 14-16, Pinni B 4034
Mon 11-Dec-2017 at 14-16, Pinni B 3112
Group 2
Mon 4-Sep-2017 - 11-Dec-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 5005
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
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Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
12-Sep-2017 – 12-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Tue 12-Sep-2017 - 10-Oct-2017 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo A21
Tue 24-Oct-2017 - 12-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo A21
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English

In recent debates about the global ecosystem, the Arctic has taken centre stage as a region where climate change can be both observed and studied, and where pressing geopolitical and environmental questions are negotiated; the planting of a Russian flag under the Arctic ice in 2007 and Donald Trump’s recent plans to push for oil drilling off the Alaskan coast are cases in point. Along with scientists and politicians, writers and filmmakers have turned to the Arctic, and fashioned it as a testing ground for various global fantasies and anxieties. In our course, we will critically examine this recent interest in the high North by reading it through the prism of a long-standing imaginative investment in the Arctic in British and North American culture. We will explore the ways in which the Arctic has functioned as a space for the projection of cultural fantasies since the voyages of Martin Frobisher in the late sixteenth century; as the search for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole was relaunched in the nineteenth century, Romantic and Victorian authors and visual artists figured the Arctic as a sublime and spectacular wasteland hostile to human inhabitation. Politically, the Arctic was turned into a seemingly “pure” space where heroic male explorers could demonstrate the supremacy of nation and empire; in the twentieth century, the Arctic played an important imaginative role as a space connecting the superpowers during the Cold War. As we will see, this legacy continues to haunt contemporary representations of the Arctic; at the same time, Inuit authors and filmmakers have started to challenge Western (or rather Southern) views of the high North, and offer powerful visions of the Arctic as a transnational homeland.

Students are expected to buy their own copies of the following books: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; Sarah Moss, Cold Earth; and Mini Aodla Freeman, Life Among the Qallunaat. All other texts will be made available on Moodle. Screenings will be organized for the films on the syllabus (nonetheless, it is recommended that students acquire their own copies of the films as well). A detailed syllabus will be made circulated at the beginning of term. Students will be evaluated on the basis of a longer essay and several smaller assignments.

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Johannes Riquet, Teacher responsible
johannes.riquet[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
6-Sep-2017 – 13-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Wed 6-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo A35
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 12-14, Päätalo A35
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
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Paula Rautionaho, Teacher responsible
Teaching
7-Sep-2017 – 14-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Thu 7-Sep-2017 - 12-Oct-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Thu 26-Oct-2017 - 14-Dec-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Periods: I II
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
6-Sep-2017 – 13-Dec-2017
Tutorials
Wed 6-Sep-2017 - 11-Oct-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Wed 25-Oct-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
Syventävien vaihtoehtoisiksi sopivat muut opinnot [I Periodi]

This course is centered on finding political scenarios and debates in fictive texts. Politics is an integral part of many fictive texts, and often used to reflect real world issues, debates, and political scenarios. Many seminal works of science fiction, for example, extrapolate political issues like authoritarianism, surveillance, loss of privacy, ecologism, pacifism, militarism, and so on into contexts where they can be addressed in ways less suited for traditional political science. Indeed, these works often comment on the issues of their time through fiction.

During the course the students will receive weekly readings for analysis and reflection. After the course, the students are expected to better understand how politics can be presented in fiction, and how these fictional politics can be used to make sense of actual political events. The students will be more adept at spotting political scenarios and reconstructing them in various contexts. 

The language of the course is English, so students are expected to be reasonably proficient in reading and writing academic texts in this language. English degree programme students can join students of Political Science on the course for a richer mutual understanding of disciplines and the texts.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrollment via email to teacher responsible. Students admitted in order of registering, but political science students prioritized. Optimal group size is 20 students. Deadline for enrollment is 06.09.2017.

Mikko Poutanen, Teacher responsible
Mikko.Poutanen[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
13-Sep-2017 – 13-Dec-2017
Seminar 26 hours
Wed 13-Sep-2017 - 13-Dec-2017 weekly at 16-18, Pinni A3107
Periods: I II
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Active participation in the seminars, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (9-12 pages) for 5 ECTS.

Periodi (8.1.2018 - 4.3.2018)
Syventävät opinnot [III Periodi]

The lectures and tutorial groups will alternate. Exact meeting times will be updated later.

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Kevin McGinley, Teacher responsible
Kevin.McGinley[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
9-Jan-2018 – 15-May-2018
Lectures
Tue 9-Jan-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 16-Jan-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 30-Jan-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 6-Feb-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 20-Feb-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 6-Mar-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 20-Mar-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 27-Mar-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 17-Apr-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tue 24-Apr-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4113
Tutorials
Group 1
Mon 22-Jan-2018 at 12-14, Pinni B 4115
Mon 12-Feb-2018 at 12-14, Pinni B 4115
Mon 12-Mar-2018 at 12-14, Pinni B 4115
Mon 9-Apr-2018 at 12-14, Pinni B 4115
Group 2
Tue 23-Jan-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4115
Tue 13-Feb-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4115
Tue 13-Mar-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4115
Tue 10-Apr-2018 at 16-18, Pinni B 4115
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

The course looks into the major socio-historical developments in the English-speaking world between the Restoration and mid-19th century, and the ways in which the English language and the attitudes towards it changed. Through introductory mini-lectures and homework reading assignments to be discussed in groups in class, we will examine the major historical events which shaped the British Empire, the rising trends in the writing of English grammars and dictionaries, and the ultimate spread of English around the world.

The course work will include weekly assignments including background reading and practical exercises examining the changes in English grammar and vocabulary through a number of electronic databases (e.g. The Oxford English Dictionary and different corpora of British and American English). The assessment will be based on an end-of-term exam and a final written course report.

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Mark Kaunisto, Teacher responsible
Mark.Kaunisto[ät]uta.fi
Teaching
10-Jan-2018 – 22-Feb-2018
Tutorials
Wed 10-Jan-2018 - 21-Feb-2018 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 3108
Thu 11-Jan-2018 - 22-Feb-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4086
Periods: III
Language of instruction: English
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Johannes Riquet, Teacher responsible
Teaching
9-Jan-2018 – 15-May-2018
Lectures
Tue 9-Jan-2018 - 20-Feb-2018 weekly at 13-16, Pinni A 3107
Tue 6-Mar-2018 - 27-Mar-2018 weekly at 13-16, Pinni A 3107
Tue 10-Apr-2018 - 15-May-2018 weekly at 13-16, Pinni A 3107
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
12-Jan-2018 – 18-May-2018
Tutorials
Fri 12-Jan-2018 - 23-Feb-2018 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Fri 9-Mar-2018 - 23-Mar-2018 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Fri 6-Apr-2018 - 18-May-2018 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
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
11-Jan-2018 – 17-May-2018
Tutorials
Tue 9-Jan-2018 - 20-Feb-2018 weekly at 18-20, Pinni B 4086
Tue 6-Mar-2018 - 27-Mar-2018 weekly at 18-20, Pinni B 4086
Tue 10-Apr-2018 - 15-May-2018 weekly at 18-20, Pinni B 4086
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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Hanna Parviainen, Teacher responsible
Teaching
11-Jan-2018 – 17-May-2018
Tutorials
Thu 11-Jan-2018 - 22-Feb-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3108
Thu 8-Mar-2018 - 22-Mar-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3108
Exceptions:
15-Mar-2018 , Pinni A 2088
Thu 5-Apr-2018 - 17-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 3108
Periods: III IV
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
11-Jan-2018 – 17-May-2018
Tutorials
Thu 11-Jan-2018 - 22-Feb-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
Thu 8-Mar-2018 - 22-Mar-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
Thu 5-Apr-2018 - 17-May-2018 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 3113
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
8-Jan-2018 – 14-May-2018
Tutorials
Mon 8-Jan-2018 - 19-Feb-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4118
Mon 5-Mar-2018 - 26-Mar-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4118
Mon 9-Apr-2018 - 14-May-2018 weekly at 14-16, Pinni B 4118
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English