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HISOKV1 Introduction to Finnish History 5 ECTS
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Type or level of studies
Basic studies
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Faculty of Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the course the student will be familiar with the outline of Finnish history and its context in European and global history. The student is able to describe in general terms the historical change of the area.

General description

The course topics will emphasize comparative perspective of Finnish history in its Northern, Scandinavian, Baltic and European context from the early modern period to contemporary EU-Finland. Special emphasis will be given to versatile course materials (lectures, reading materials, videos, news articles, museum tips, websites etc.), taking into account the students’ competence in English and former knowledge in the topics. Discussions during the lectures will check the students’ understanding of the topics and challenge their critical thinking on history, whereas the learning diary (c. 8–10 pages) will encourage the students to study further their chosen topic/period within the course outline. The topics for learning diaries will be agreed with the teacher and each student will get personal supervision and feedback on their paper.

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Miia Ijäs, Teacher responsible


15-Jan-2018 – 5-Mar-2018
Lectures 16 hours
Mon 15-Jan-2018 - 5-Mar-2018 weekly at 14-16, Päätalo A2A

Evaluation criteria

Lectures, learning diary

Further information

Lecture 1: Introduction to course and the beginnings of Finnish history.

2. Finland and the Swedish realm during the early modern period, c. 1520–1809.

3. Finland as part of the Russian Empire, 1809–1917.

4. Building the Finnish state system and independence, 1905–1930s.

5. Foreign policy of independent Finland.

6. (Re-) building the state: Finnish politics and society after the WWII.

7. Multicultural Finland and Finns abroad.

8. Final discussion and presentation of learning diaries.