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Crisis, conflicts and revolutions

To introduce students with theoretical tools that help conceptualise and analyse historical crisis, conflicts and revolutions.

The course is targeted for Master levels and exchange students, but it is open for all students.

13.12.2018 at 09:00 - 14.1.2019 at 23:59


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

Mon 14.1.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 18.1.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 21.1.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 25.1.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 28.1.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 1.2.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 4.2.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 8.2.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 11.2.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 15.2.2019
10:15 - 11:45
Mon 18.2.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 22.2.2019
10:15 - 11:45

Conduct of the course

Conduct and assessment:
Coursework includes attending lectures and reading circles, reading and presenting one book from the reading list provided by the teacher, weekly reflection paper and writing of an essay on a topic agreed upon with the teacher. The basic outline of the course schedule is lectures on Mondays and and two or three book presentations with discussion on each Fridays. This will give the students a solid grasp of the essential readings required to understand complex crises. It will be especially useful for students planning to write their master thesis on similar topic. Active participation in discussions (both in the lectures and in the reading circles) is strongly encouraged.

Course work
1) Read and present one book from the list of readings.
2) Write a five pages long essay on a self-chosen, but by the teacher approved, study of a complex emergency.
3) Write weekly one short assesment paper on what you learned from the topics discussed during the iweek in lecture, reading circles and what you read.
4) Participate in discussions

Rules in case of absence:
Not preferable. Compensatory work may include additional reading and additional written work, depending on what session has been missed. If the student knows in advance, that he or she will be absent from a particular session, please contact the teacher as soon as possible so that the compensatory work can be customised appropriately.

Delayed submission will lower course grade.


Available to master’s degree students of the Study Track in Economic and Social History and, within the boundaries set by the teaching programme, to other students of the Master’s Programme in Society and Change.

After completing the course, students will be able to perceive different types of historical crises, conflicts and changes, and analyse their underlying structural causes and processes, as well as their effects both in the short and long term. They will be able to analyse their significance to societies, communities and individuals.

The course is implemented by studying literature central to international crisis and conflict studies, as well as examining the birth, development and effects of certain central crises.

Literature (compulsory):

· Hämeen-Anttila & Katajala & Sihvola & Hetemäki: Kaikki syntyy kriisistä

· Ó Gráda: Famines in History. Princeton University Press 2009

· Bookchin: The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy. Oakland 2007

· Chaliand: A Global History of War: From Assyria to the Twenty-First Century. University of California Press 2014

On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.

Lecture course. Priority is given to degree students of the programme; for exchange students if there are places left.

a) Theme seminar in groups

b) Supervised independent written assignments