The course is one of the optional intermediate courses under the Study Track in Politics and Organisations. Contact teaching is primarily targeted at students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication, and not necessarily offered on an annual basis.
Basic studies in politics, media and communication
This course is supported by the following courses: Comparative Politics; Political Participation; Political Parties, Institutions and Processes; Current Trends in European Politics; and Media, Society and Culture.
After completing the course, students will be familiar with the politics, or themes or phenomena typical to contemporary politics, in one or more country or a specific region. They will have an overall understanding of the research literature and approaches of the field, as well as the ability to identify the research methods most commonly used for empirical observation. They will be able to place the subject matter into a broader research-oriented and societal context, understanding its central concepts. Students will be able to follow academic discourse on the subject and participate in related public discourse. They will be proficient in applying the concepts and literature of the field, as well as deepening their expertise through independent observation of the phenomenon examined during the course or a parallel phenomenon, for example, in connection with their bachelor’s thesis.
Third year of studies
The course will provide an overview of the characteristics of phenomena central to the contemporary politics of one or more countries or a certain region, related central challenges and their proposed solutions. The topics examined can include interconnections between economics and politics, the elitisation of political participation in an increasingly unequal society, or migration and changes in the nature of citizenship.
- Hampshire, James. 2013. The Politics of Immigration: Contradictions of the Liberal State. Cambridge: Polity Press
- Jensen, Carsten and van Kersbergen, Kees. 2017. The Politics of Inequality. London: Palgrave
- Kenis, Annaleen and Lievens, Matthias. 2015. The Limits of Green Economy: From Re-inventing Capitalism to Re-politicing the Present. London: Routledge
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0=fail, 1=pass, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
Language of instruction: Finnish, Swedish or English
The course can include literature separately specified by the teacher, to be completed as specified by the teacher. Depending on available student places, the course is also available to students of other degree programmes.