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12.2.2019 at 09:00 - 17.4.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Mon 11.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 13.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 18.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 20.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 25.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 27.3.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 1.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 3.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 8.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 10.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 15.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 17.4.2019
10:15 - 11:45


Pää- ja sivuaineopiskelijat.

Perusopinnot ja mielellään myös relevantit aineopinnot.

Outcome of lectures
The skills of understanding: assessing other people’s arguments and building interpretations of one’s own are, of course, applicable to fields other than history.
The critical thinking skills of learning: you learn in this course should enrich and inform how you approach a full range of topics and decisions in your professional and everyday life.
The skills of understanding the past: course also seeks to enhance your ability to imagine the lives of others and in doing so to help you better understand and appreciate the world in which you live.
Practical skills: the course emphasizes short and dense (rather than long and light) readings.
Discussions: Students should enjoy learning about the past and about how historians think about the past. They should also have a desire to improve their writing, analytical, and argumentation skills.

To understand the studies of Soviet Russia's past, to explain historical facts, people, social phenomena, causes, and consequences in Soviet history. And especially: to read and evaluate historical documents critically and to describe how they might be used in understanding and writing Soviet history.

Russian studies have previously investigated elements of Russia's hard political (autocratic and Soviet) past. Later the Soviet studies have been modified by the “soft factors”, i.e., cultural struggles, social relations and social realities etc.
Especially in Russian studies the idea of rigid determinism and a positivistic stand in methodological questions are perhaps not as imperative as for example the need to apply “methodological individualism” and interdisciplinary approach thus building up new paradigms on identifications inside the Early Russian society, Imperial Russia or Stalinist society and resistance & resilience of those who opposed it.
This course asks following questions: how did the Russian population survive? What kind of strategies they did develop in order to sustain? How did they resist? How the elite tried to rule and tax the population of Russia? How the population resisted the imperatives of modernization in Russia?

Theoretical analysis and methodological & empirical notions of history
Mosaic of the past: History and the understanding of the past is the key fundamental for other Soviet studies – Russia is not only a social phenomenon – it is mosaic of the past. History - more than dates and people! Not just a list of what happened where and when to whom.
Empirical information and reading of sources: the craft of history involves interpreting facts in a convincing manner in dialogue with other historians. Hermeneutics of the past!
History is a debate about the meanings of what happened where and when to whom. In this course you will learn through written assignments and discussions how to understand and analyze historical debates and then to develop interpretations of your own.

Luennot ja/tai kirjallisuus.

Sovitaan opintojakson vastuuhenkilön kanssa.

Suositeltavia teoksia:
Krista Berglund, Susan Ikonen, Teuvo Laitila & Ville Ropponen (toim.): Löytöretkiä Georgiaan (2014)
Arto Luukkanen (toim.): Tuntematon Valko-Venäjä (2009)

Course assessment includes active participation in the lectures, 5 pages of individual lecture diary, and 10 page of collaborative essays (2-3 students as co-authors). As this series of lectures is delivered through a combination of lectures, student group-workshops, assessment is carried out through long essays (40%), diaries (20%) and active participation (20%).

In-class discussions are a relevant part of this course. They will give you a chance to analyze the readings, ask questions, formulate your own ideas, and learn from other students
You are expected to come to every class prepared to discuss the readings and to engage with the material presented in lecture.

Docent, University lecturer Dr. Arto Luukkanen gives these lectures every Monday and Wednesday 10-12. After each two hour lecture there will be a “free-willing academic colloquy” with students in nearby Café (Café Engel).

So, this series of lectures will combine 3 different pedagogical methods. This combination of dialectical, discussional and peer reviewing methods of teaching have been well received among the international students. The key factor is the participating teaching method so that the students are engaged into the active learning process. They are both encouraged and required to present their personal analysis and opinions during the debates and discussions.

After the lectures the students will organize their own presentations on topics discussed during these lectures and study group projects.

yliopistonlehtori Arto Luukkanen