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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Accomplishment of the course !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because the faculty has replaced all the faculty exams as well as examinariums with "alternative arrangements" for minimizing the risk of corona virus infection. Hence, the retake of the course exam is cancelled and replaced by the following course essay. If you did not attend to the course exam or if you want to improve your grade, follow these details:

-The length of the essay is 3000-4500 words or 7-10 pages.
-Assingment: Decide the subject among the themes of the course (brexit, crisis of center right, eu institutions, Macron, European central bank, Eastern Europe, EU's migration policies, security & defence policies etc) and reflect the decided theme towards some current political trend/affair/situation (for example corona crisis, lockdowns, CDU's leadership crisis, EU's external borders, immigration conflict with Turkey, temporary closure of Schengen, tradewars, possible euro crisis, brexit negotiations etc etc).
-Use at your own discretion 1) readings of the course, 2) other academic literature as well as 3) news or 4) commentary/discussion about the current trends in European politics.
-No deadline because of the expectional situation caused by corona virus.
-Return the essay to my email (antti.ronkainen@helsinki.fi) with the subject CURRENT TRENDS FINAL ESSAY

Place of lectures: Unioninkatu 35, Auditorium 116: https://tilavaraus.helsinki.fi/en/city-center/unioninkatu-35/unioninkatu...
Ma 13.1.2020 12:15 - 13:45 Antti Ronkainen: Introduction to the current trends on European politics

Thu 16.1.2020 10:15 - 11:45 Juha Jokela - Brexit: Why, how and when?

Mon 20.1.2020 12:15 - 13:45 Mikko Lahtinen - Revolution-restaurations in Modern Europe

Thu 23.1.2020 10:15 - 11:45 Heikki Paloheimo - Declining support of mainstream centre-right: reasons and consequences

Mon 27.1.2020 12:15 - 13:45 Katalin Miklossy - The Von der Leyen-paradox: the illusion of cohesion and the Eastern challenge

Thu 30.1.2020 10:15 - 11:45 Olli Rehn - Transformation of central banking and monetary policy in Europe

Mon 3.2.2020 12:15 - 13:45 Helena Petäistö - Emmanuel Macron's vision of European Union

Thu 6.2.2020 10:15 - 11:45 Juhana Aunesluoma - Institutions, parliamentarism and separation of powers in the EU’s political system

Mon 10.2.2020 12:15 - 13:45 Hanna Tuominen - EU as security provider and value-based actor – two perspectives to the EU’s asylum and migration policies

Thu 13.2.2020 10:15 - 11:45 Tuomas Iso-Markku - EU security and defence: development, state of play & future prospects

Thu 20.02.2020 10:00-12.00 COURSE EXAM (Metsätalo 1; lecture hall 1)

12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 13.1.2020 at 23:59


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

Mon 13.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Thu 16.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 20.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Thu 23.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 27.1.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Thu 30.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 3.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Thu 6.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 10.2.2020
12:15 - 13:45
Thu 13.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45

Other teaching

20.02.2020 Thu 10.00-12.00
Antti Ronkainen
Teaching language: English


Course materials & additional reading



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

After completing the course, students will be familiar with the major trends of European politics in recent decades and able to discuss questions of European politics on a level deeper than daily politics. They will be able to connect various political phenomena with each other and analyse the common factors. Students will also be able to challenge public notions on the causes and effects of European politics.

Third year of studies

The course familiarises students with central phenomena and trends in European politics from the end of the Cold War to the Eurozone debt crisis. Course content may vary.

The literature will be separately announced.

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

Retake of the lecture course is conducted in the faculty examination: 4.4.2020 at 9-11 (2 hrs). Pre-registration required.

Lecture course and lecture examination, which also covers the required literature