Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 14.1.2020 at 23:59


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

Tue 14.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 15.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 21.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 22.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 28.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 29.1.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 4.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 5.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 11.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 12.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 25.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 26.2.2020
14:15 - 15:45

Other teaching

04.03.2020 Wed 14.15-15.45
Emilia Palonen, Niki Sopanen
Teaching language: Finnish


Jakso on pakollinen kaikille POLVI-kandiohjelman opiskelijoille.

After completing the course, students will identify central political thinkers and their basic concepts. They will be able to place several of them into the context of both schools of thought and historical events. Depending on the method of instruction, students will have profound familiarity with the work of one or more thinkers through original texts, in addition to which they will understand the principles of reading political theory. By identifying and comparing concepts and thinkers, students will understand the differences between them and will be able to consider their significance to various schools of thought, thinkers and the discourse in contemporary politics. Students will also be able to critically reflect on the masculinity of the traditional canon of thinkers and be familiar with the central female thinkers and the significance of feminist interpretations in the development of political thought. Students will gain professional skills in perceiving assumptions behind thinking and its political nature, while familiarising themselves with the principles of debate and the acquisition of information.

Third period of the first year of studies

The classic works of political thought will be introduced and contextualised to provide a perspective on the history of Western political thought and related changes. The canon from the sophists to modern theoreticians lays a foundation for politics and helps identify past, forgotten and re-emerged phenomena. In addition to the traditionally masculine canon, female thinkers and feminist interpretations of classics will be presented.

A selection of the following, with required sections specified by the teacher:

- David Boucher and Paul Kelly (2017) Political Thinkers from Socrates to the Present, Oxford, Third Edition, available as an e-book

- Gary Browning (2016) A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation, Oxford

- Koikkalainen, Petri & Paul-Erik Korvela (eds.) (2012) Klassiset poliittiset ajattelijat, Vastapaino

- Lindroos, Kia & Suvi Soininen (eds.) (2008) Politiikan nykyteoreetikoita, Gaudeamus

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

Kurssikoordinaattori: Niki Sopanen.

Luentokurssin uusintakuulustelu tiedekuntatentin 25.4.2020 yhteydessä klo 9-11 (2 t). Ennakkoilmoittautuminen vaaditaan.

The course is compulsory for all students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication. Annually organised contact teaching for students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Politics, Media and Communication. Required reading will be examined during the course as specified by the teacher . Depending on available student places, contact teaching is available also to students of other degree programmes. The completion methods will be specified in the teaching programme. Contact teaching, online teaching or online examination for students of other degree programmes