Hello! Due to the corona virus situation, all course activities are conducted online. This allows for all students to take the course from wherever you are (for instance if you need to return home from your student exchange). In addition, students are welcome to join the course and catch up if you're looking for something exciting to earn credits in. Simply contact Petteri to enroll (

Best regards and stay safe - Petteri, Kaisa & Päivi


Description of the Consumption of Novelty course (SOSK-508)

The course approaches through the concept of novelty the renewal of consumer society, which is central to debates on sustainability, social justice and identity formation. This candidate’s level course prepares students to understand and assess the role of novelty for contemporary and future consumer society.

The course consists of (i) an introductory exam, (ii) lectures, and (iii) a final exam. Readings included in the final exam are discussed during the lectures and these readings may be used during the exam. The exam tests the ability of students to recognize, discuss, apply and argue for conceptual issues. The lectures develop the skills of the students in these activities.

The course provides a good foundation to proceed with thesis work and master’s studies in consumer studies as well as in other disciplines in the social sciences. The course also suits first-year students as well as those who wish to familiarize themselves with consumer studies. There are no requirements on earlier courses. English is the language of the course with the exception that exam essays can be written in English, Finnish or Swedish.

Lecture topics:

- Renewal of consumer society
- Fashion and luxury
- Sustainability transition
- Consumption utopias
- Changes in practices
- Consumer innovation
- Green society
- Recognizing novelty
- Challenging expertise
- Film festival!

Docents Petteri Repo, Kaisa Matschoss and Päivi Timonen act as teachers on the course. Petteri Repo is the responsible teacher of the course.

Stay tuned!

13.2.2020 at 09:00 - 10.3.2020 at 23:59


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

Tue 10.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 12.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 17.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 19.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 24.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 26.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 31.3.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 2.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 21.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 23.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 28.4.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Thu 30.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45


Jakso on valinnainen erityisala sosiaalitieteiden kandiohjelman opiskelijoille ja vaihto-opiskelijoille.

Sosiaalitieteiden tai jonkin muun soveltuvan alan perusopinnot.

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija on perehtynyt sosiaalitieteiden erityisaloihin ja hallitsee keskeiset kysymyksenasettelut ja tutkimustraditiot.

Kandiopintojen 2. tai 3. lukuvuosi, 1.-4. periodi.

Jakso perehdyttää opiskelijan sosiaalitieteiden kandiohjelman yhden erityisalan (sosiaalipsykologia, sosiaalityö, sosiologia tai yhteiskuntapolitiikka) sisältöön.

Jaksolla käytettävä kirjallisuus määritellään opetuksen yhteydessä.

Asteikolla 0-5 (0 = hylätty, 1 = välttävä, 2 = tyydyttävä, 3 = hyvä, 4 = kiitettävä, 5 = erinomainen)

Opintojakson opetuskieli on suomi tai englanti.

Jakso toteutetaan lähiopetuksena.