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Optional Studies in Politics for Other Degree Programmes

Periods

Period I (1-Sep-2014 – 24-Oct-2014)
Period II (27-Oct-2014 – 19-Dec-2014)
Period III (7-Jan-2015 – 13-Mar-2015)
Period IV (16-Mar-2015 – 31-Jul-2015)
Period (1-Sep-2014 - 24-Oct-2014)
Intermediate Studies [Period I]

The roots of the modern mass political party start in the United States. When compared to their European parliamentary counterparts, though, American parties appear relatively weak and less relevant. American political parties, however, play important roles in the American political system and exert significant influences over the nature of political debate, how elections are conducted, and how government operates. American political parties are most often conceived as being comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated spheres: the party as an organization, the party in the electorate, and the party in government. We will address each of these aspects of American parties starting with the emergence of parties in the United States. From there, we will learn about party alignments and realignments in the American electorate over time. Since 2014 marks a midterm election in the US, we will learn about the unique qualities of such elections in the US. With respect to the party in government, we will learn about the consequences of increased ideological polarization in the American policy making process.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to timothy.nokken@uta.fi by 5 September 2014

Teaching
9-Sep-2014 – 8-Oct-2014
Periods: I
Language of instruction: English

This course is an introduction to the Finnish Political System and Finnish Political History. The main focus of the course is on the development of the Finnish Political System from 1809 until the 21st century. This course provides an overview of the Constitution, political decision making, political participation, tripartite agreements and welfare.

After the course, students are expected to understand the key features of Finnish political history, the political system and society, as well as able to perceive the political position and national identity of Finland in a wider context: Scandinavia, Russia and the EU.

Enrolment for University Studies

Enrolment is conducted at the first lecture.

Teaching
8-Sep-2014 – 16-Oct-2014
Periods: I
Language of instruction: English
Period (27-Oct-2014 - 19-Dec-2014)
Intermediate Studies [Period II]

Carey and Shugart (1995: 419) have noted how “the national celebrity enjoyed by movie stars or athletes can translate into valuable personal reputation in some electoral systems”. In the US the names of Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the UK Sebastian Coe and in Finland ‘Julma’ Juha Väätäinen or Juha Mieto come readily to mind. This course explores the phenomenon of ‘celebrity politics’. It distinguishes between the ‘celebrity candidate’, the ‘celebrity politician’ and the ‘celebrity advocate’ and considers inter alia the wider implications of celebrity politics for representative democracy. The theoretical contribution of the course is to place the ‘celebrity phenomenon’ at the junction of four broad research fields – the mediatisation of politics, the personalisation of politics, the individualisation of electioneering and work on partisan de-alignment. The overarching question is: ‘Does celebrity politics matter?’ (Street 2012) The original James Bond has endorsed Scottish independence!

Course Programme

October 28 Introduction to the world of celebrity politics. How the course came about

October 30 Exploring the celebrity density of politics. Defining celebrity types

November 4 Explaining the celebrity density of politics. Some interlocking theory

November 6 Estimating the value of the celebrity candidate. The Finnish case

November 11 Does celebrity politics matter? What are its implications for representative democracy?

November 13 No session (I shall be in Strasbourg)

November 18 Concluding discussion

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to david.arter@uta.fi by October 20

Teaching
28-Oct-2014 – 25-Nov-2014
Periods: II
Language of instruction: English

This course provides an introduction and overview over the disciplines of political and critical discourse analysis. The course will focus on various scholars and their approaches to political discourse analysis as a tool to analyzing power relations. There is no set single approach, as the field is quite porous. The related works of scholars will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.

After the course, the students are expected to better understand the various approaches to political discourse analysis and are better equipped to utilize these theories in their forthcoming work. The students will be more adept at spotting discursive practices in political speech and the media and evaluate possible underlying modes of argumentation.

The language of the course is English, so students are expected to be reasonably proficient in reading and writing academic texts in this language.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
28-Oct-2014 – 11-Dec-2014
Periods: II
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Advanced Studies [Period II]

This course is an introduction to the study of the United States Congress. You will be introduced to a significant, but far from exhaustive, number of prominent works in the field of legislative studies. The readings in the course will introduce students to important theoretical approaches to the study of legislative politics and the application of such theories to the empirical studies of Congress. In particular, we will focus heavily upon works in the “new institutionalism” and rational choice schools. Some of the specific topics of inquiry we will study this term include institutional development and change in the US Congress; theoretical treatments of congressional organization and committees; the role of parties and party leadership in the legislative process, and the emergence and significance of ideological polarization in Congress. The literature on Congress and legislative politics is vast and continues to grow. The readings in this course are far from exhaustive, but serve as a somewhat representative sample of the important debates and methodologies in the subfield today. 

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to timothy.nokken@uta.fi by 20 October 2014

Teaching
27-Oct-2014 – 26-Nov-2014
Periods: II
Language of instruction: English

This course provides an introduction and overview over the disciplines of political and critical discourse analysis. The course will focus on various scholars and their approaches to political discourse analysis as a tool to analyzing power relations. There is no set single approach, as the field is quite porous. The related works of scholars will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.

After the course, the students are expected to better understand the various approaches to political discourse analysis and are better equipped to utilize these theories in their forthcoming work. The students will be more adept at spotting discursive practices in political speech and the media and evaluate possible underlying modes of argumentation.

The language of the course is English, so students are expected to be reasonably proficient in reading and writing academic texts in this language.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
28-Oct-2014 – 11-Dec-2014
Periods: II
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Carey and Shugart (1995: 419) have noted how “the national celebrity enjoyed by movie stars or athletes can translate into valuable personal reputation in some electoral systems”. In the US the names of Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the UK Sebastian Coe and in Finland ‘Julma’ Juha Väätäinen or Juha Mieto come readily to mind. This course explores the phenomenon of ‘celebrity politics’. It distinguishes between the ‘celebrity candidate’, the ‘celebrity politician’ and the ‘celebrity advocate’ and considers inter alia the wider implications of celebrity politics for representative democracy. The theoretical contribution of the course is to place the ‘celebrity phenomenon’ at the junction of four broad research fields – the mediatisation of politics, the personalisation of politics, the individualisation of electioneering and work on partisan de-alignment. The overarching question is: ‘Does celebrity politics matter?’ (Street 2012) The original James Bond has endorsed Scottish independence!

Course Programme

October 28 Introduction to the world of celebrity politics. How the course came about

October 30 Exploring the celebrity density of politics. Defining celebrity types

November 4 Explaining the celebrity density of politics. Some interlocking theory

November 6 Estimating the value of the celebrity candidate. The Finnish case

November 11 Does celebrity politics matter? What are its implications for representative democracy?

November 13 No session (I shall be in Strasbourg)

November 18 Concluding discussion

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to david.arter@uta.fi by October 20

Teaching
28-Oct-2014 – 25-Nov-2014
Periods: II
Language of instruction: English
Period (7-Jan-2015 - 13-Mar-2015)
Intermediate Studies [Period III]
Teaching
14-Jan-2015 – 18-Mar-2015
Periods: III
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Compensates RES18.

The course is in English (a web-based course).

Enrolment for University Studies

Registration in December 2014, starting 1st of December. See

Teaching
12-Jan-2015 – 29-Mar-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

This course is centered around 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 forms of government, pacifism, militarism and ethnic cleansing into contexts where they can be addressed in ways less suited for traditional political science. Weekly reading material will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.  

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

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
13-Jan-2015 – 14-Apr-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Advanced Studies [Period III]

This course is centered around 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 forms of government, pacifism, militarism and ethnic cleansing into contexts where they can be addressed in ways less suited for traditional political science. Weekly reading material will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.  

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

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
13-Jan-2015 – 14-Apr-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Teaching
14-Jan-2015 – 18-Mar-2015
Periods: III
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Compensates RES18.

Courses offered specifically in Thematic Modules [Period III]

Virtual course in Moodle.

Enrolment for University Studies

Registering by email to eero.palmujoki(at)uta.fi.

Teaching
7-Jan-2015 – 15-May-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Period (16-Mar-2015 - 31-Jul-2015)
Intermediate Studies [Period IV]

Draft programme: 

17.3. Introduction

19.3. Functionalism and federalism

24.3. Realism, intergovernmentalism

26.3. Constructivism

31.3. Constructivism, 'hands-on' exercise

9.4. Explaining enlargement

14.4. The EU as a strategic actor

16.4. Inter-organisational relations

21.4. The EU as a normative power

23.4. Explaining disintegration; conclusions

Enrolment for University Studies
Enrolment time has expired
Teaching
17-Mar-2015 – 28-Apr-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Students of the RES programme can use this course to compensate RES11.

The course addresses Russia’s foreign policy from Gorbachev’s New Thinking until 2014. Students will learn about key events, phenomena, actors, and  different foreign policy schools, and concepts to characterize them. The course will also encourage students to pay attention to interaction between the domestic and foreign policy in the Russian context.

Please enroll in NettiOpsu by 17 March.  A maximum of 50 students will be accepted to the course (on the basis of first come, first served). The first lecture will take place 26 March and the last one 21 May. You cannot take this course unless you are able to come to the last lecture – a conference with your presentations will take place on that particular day (at 14-19).

Enrolment for University Studies
Enrolment time has expired
Teaching
26-Mar-2015 – 21-May-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

The course is in English (a web-based course).

Enrolment for University Studies

Registration in December 2014, starting 1st of December. See

Teaching
12-Jan-2015 – 29-Mar-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English

The European Parliament brings together 751 MEPs from 28 EU member states. Initially just a talking shop, the EP is nowadays arguably one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. Decision-making in the Parliament is in turn based on interaction between committees and party groups. The objective of this course is to understand behavior and political dynamics in the Parliament.

The course consists of introductory lectures and seminars where students are expected to carry out empirical research on parliamentary behaviour. In the seminars the students must produce both an essay and an oral presentation on a particular aspect of the Parliament's work. 

Attendance is compulsory throughout the course.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to tapio.raunio@uta.fi by March 13 essential

Teaching
20-Mar-2015 – 15-May-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

The course critically examines the underlying structural and institutional causes of the Euro crisis. After completion, students will have a better understanding of the basic features of economic governance under the Economic and Monetary Union and the governance reforms implemented during the euro crisis. Students will be able to orient current developments within an appropriate historical context and understand the limitations this history imposes on the contemporary policy landscape.

Enrolment for University Studies

Space is limited to 15-20 students. Given the topical nature of this course, a high level of interest is anticipated. Early registration is therefore essential to ensure your place. Registration opens in early February 2015.

Note that students are expected to fulfill both evaluation criteria.
No partial credit will be awarded.

Teaching
16-Mar-2015 – 15-May-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

This course is centered around 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 forms of government, pacifism, militarism and ethnic cleansing into contexts where they can be addressed in ways less suited for traditional political science. Weekly reading material will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.  

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

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
13-Jan-2015 – 14-Apr-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Advanced Studies [Period IV]

The European Parliament brings together 751 MEPs from 28 EU member states. Initially just a talking shop, the EP is nowadays arguably one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. Decision-making in the Parliament is in turn based on interaction between committees and party groups. The objective of this course is to understand behavior and political dynamics in the Parliament.

The course consists of introductory lectures and seminars where students are expected to carry out empirical research on parliamentary behaviour. In the seminars the students must produce both an essay and an oral presentation on a particular aspect of the Parliament's work. 

Attendance is compulsory throughout the course.

Enrolment for University Studies

Email registration to tapio.raunio@uta.fi by March 13 essential

Teaching
20-Mar-2015 – 15-May-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English

This course is centered around 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 forms of government, pacifism, militarism and ethnic cleansing into contexts where they can be addressed in ways less suited for traditional political science. Weekly reading material will be made available for the students for reading, analysis, and reflection during the course.  

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

Email registration to mikko.poutanen@uta.fi

Teaching
13-Jan-2015 – 14-Apr-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

The course can be taken as a part of the intermediate (aineopinnot) or advanced studies (syventävät opinnot). The intermediate studies completion is 5 credits, advanced studies 10 credits. Evaluation criteria includes active participation in the seminar, topical presentation in seminar, and essay (8–12 pages on one of the presented approaches).

For 10 credits the students will do a longer independent written work, as well as face more stringent grading.

For more details, contact the teacher responsible. Final course requirements will be given in the course syllabus.

Draft programme: 

17.3. Introduction

19.3. Functionalism and federalism

24.3. Realism, intergovernmentalism

26.3. Constructivism

31.3. Constructivism, 'hands-on' exercise

9.4. Explaining enlargement

14.4. The EU as a strategic actor

16.4. Inter-organisational relations

21.4. The EU as a normative power

23.4. Explaining disintegration; conclusions

Enrolment for University Studies
Enrolment time has expired
Teaching
17-Mar-2015 – 28-Apr-2015
Periods: IV
Language of instruction: English
Further information:

Students of the RES programme can use this course to compensate RES11.

Courses offered specifically in Thematic Modules [Period IV]

Virtual course in Moodle.

Enrolment for University Studies

Registering by email to eero.palmujoki(at)uta.fi.

Teaching
7-Jan-2015 – 15-May-2015
Periods: III IV
Language of instruction: English