After completing the course, students will have a diverse view of the genesis and change of modern governmental structures and civil society. They will understand variations in the duties of the government, as well as in the political practices of individuals and groups, in a wide context of social science history. They will be able to interpret national change in international contexts and from a comparative historical perspective, as well as to critically assess research literature and topical political discourse.
The course examines the development of governmental structures, citizenship and political activity in connection with social power relations, conflicts and democratisation processes. Students will familiarise themselves with the genesis of the modern nation state, the development of civil society, the public sphere and social movements, as well as struggles for the meanings, content and forms of democracy. They will also become familiar with various research perspectives.
Literature required for the book examination
Martin van Creveld: The Rise and Decline of the State (2002 (1999))
Risto Alapuro et al. (eds): Kansa liikkeessä
Two of the following:
Risto Alapuro: State and Revolution in Finland
Osmo Jussila: Suomen suuriruhtinaskunta 1809–1917 (equivalent to two other books)
Theda Skocpol: States and Social Revolutions
Supplementary reading for contact and online teaching
The literature listed above and other applicable literature, particularly scientific articles in e-journals
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5. All completed components will be taken into account in assessment, while self-assessment is promoted.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
a) The course is implemented as contact and/or online teaching, including literature and assignments (students of the Bachelor’s Programme in Society and Change).
b) A book examination
Annual completion methods will be specified in the teaching programme.