Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 30.6.2020 at 15:00


Koronavirustilanteen takia valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta ei järjestä examinarium-tenttejä kevään 2020 aikana. Ota sähköpostitse yhteyttä tentaattoriin (mikko.mattila@helsinki.fi) saadaksesi tietoa vaihtoehtoisesta suoritustavasta (essee),

Due to the Corona virus situation the book examination in the Examinarium system is not possible in the spring 2020. Contact the teacher by e-mail (mikko.mattila@helsinki.fi) to get instructions for the alternative way to complete the unit (essay).


Muiden koulutusohjelmien opiskelijat.

Introduction to Politics and Organisations

After completing the course, students will be familiar with the central approaches, theories and concepts in the study of political participation. They will also be able to describe the central changes related to civic political participation in Finland and abroad, in addition to which they will gain proficiency in the independent and critical evaluation of processes related to political participation and related public discourse.

Second period of the second year of studies

The course examines central perspectives, theories and related empirical observations of political participation. The topics include both traditional (voting, choice of party, etc.) and more recent forms of political participation (political consumption, participation through social media, etc.). Further topics include opinions and values associated with civic political participation. The course focuses on political participation particularly from the perspective of ordinary citizens, thus excluding institutional participation (parties, interest groups) and professional political influencing (professional politicians, lobbyists).

Literature required for the online book examination in the Examinarium facility:

- Dalton Russell: Citizen Politics. Public Opinion and Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies

- Evans Jocelyn: Voters & Voting. An Introduction

- Tim Highfield (2016): Social Media and Everyday Politics

Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0=fail, 1=pass, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)

The Faculty's Examinarium exams are replaced from 16 March with alternative arrangements until 31 May 2020 until further notice. Register for Examinarium in WebOodi and contact the teacher / check the course page for further instructions. (NOTE: do not register in Examinarium or reserve the room for the exam.)

The course is one of the optional intermediate courses under the Study Track in Politics and Organisations.

Students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication: annually organised contact teaching. The required literature will be examined during the course as specified by the teacher. Depending on available student places, the lecture course is available also to students of other degree programmes. Completion methods will be further specified in the annual teaching programme.

Students of other degree programmes: contact teaching or an online book examination in the Examinarium facility. The book examination will cover three required works. A passing grade from the book examination will substitute for the entire course. The examination must be completed in its entirety in one examination session. An online book examination taken in the Examinarium facility is available throughout both terms.