SOCYKV1 Finnish Society and Culture (autumn) 3–5 ECTS
Implementation is also a part of open university teaching
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Basic studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Common Core Studies
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

12.9. Seija-Leena Nevala: Finland – 100 years of Independency

19.9. Raisa Harju-Autti: Finnish Education System

26.9. Katja Keisala: How to Communicate in Finland

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

10.10. Ari Vanamo: Finnish Forests and Forestry

17.10. Katja Fält: Finnish Art History in a Nutshell

24.10. Johanna Peltoniemi: Finnish Political System

31.10. Lina van Aerschot: Finnish Welfare and Social Services

7.11. Marko Seppänen: Finnish Innovations: Past, Present and Future

14.11. Tarja Rautiainen-Keskustalo: About Music Scenes in Finland

21.11. Arja Luiro: Finnish Gastronomy

28.11. Jyrki Jyrkiäinen: Special Features of Finnish Mass Media

5.12. exam, time: 2pm-4pm

12.12. retake exam

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment to the course

- TUT and TAMK students: enrolment with electronic form during the enrolment period 25.8.- 5.9.2017
- UTA students: enrolment in NettiOpsu, click below

Enrolment time has expired


Helena Siipo, Contact person


12-Sep-2018 – 12-Dec-2018
Lectures 24 hours
Wed 12-Sep-2018 - 28-Nov-2018 weekly at 18-20, Väinö Linna hall
5-Dec-2018 at 14 –16 , Linna K103
12-Dec-2018 at 18 –20 , Väinö Linna hall


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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.