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22.8.2019 at 09:00 - 11.9.2019 at 23:59



The course can be completed as part of either the bachelor’s or master’s programme, or the 25/35 cr module. Restrictions on participation will be announced in the annual teaching programme.

After completing the course, students will have a well-rounded understanding of conceptual history as an approach to the historical research of politics. They will be familiar with the research discourse in conceptual history and its applications in relation to various research topics. They will be able to evaluate and apply this approach to research work related to their studies, as well as professional positions requiring research expertise and the utilisation of research literature.

The course examines the theoretical and methodological opinions of the central developers of conceptual history, as well as research that applies an approach based on conceptual history. Teaching is connected with ongoing research projects.

Literature required for the literature examination

Four from the following:

Albert O. Hirschman: The Rhetorics of Reaction

Matti Hyvärinen et al. (eds.): Käsitteet liikkeessä. Suomen poliittisen kulttuurin käsitehistoria (equivalent to two books)

Reinhart Koselleck: Futures Past. On the Semantics of Historical Time

Melvin Richter: The History of Political and Social Concepts. A Critical Introduction

Jussi Kurunmäki & Johan Strang (eds.): Rhetoric of Nordic Democracy

On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, 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) Course implemented as contact teaching, including literature and assignments

b) Supervised independent written assignments

c) Literature examination

-Completion methods will be annually specified in the teaching programme.