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Ilmoittautuminen ja opintomaksu

Registration begins 13th August at 12.00.

Open University students participate in a course organized by the Degree Program in Social Change.

  • The online registration is available for those who have Finnish identity number and an online bankig ID.
  • If you don't have Finnish identity number and / or an online banking ID, you should register at the Admission Services of University of Helsinki.
  • If don't have Finnish identity number and/or an online ID and you live outside Finland / cannot visit University of Helsinki, it is unfortunately impossible for you to register to the course.
  • International students at the University of Helsinki can enrol on the course with their University of Helsinki username.

University of Helsinki username

  • As an Open University student you'll get the University of Helsinki username to access the university's IT systems. The username should be activated after the registration online or at the university.
  • Online activating requires strong electronic identification. If it is not possible, you should visit the Helsinki University ID-point.

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The ECSTS credits

The ECTS credits are possible to people who have a Finnish identity number.

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Kurssi sopii politiikasta ja antropologiasta kiinnostuneille.

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija ymmärtää erilaisia antropologisia teoreettisia näkökulmia valtaan ja politiikkaan. Lisäksi opiskelija oppii tarkastelemaan politiikkaan liittyviä ilmiöitä etnografisen vertailun avulla ja arvioimaan kriittisesti esimerkiksi valtiokeskeisiä näkemyksiä politiikasta.

Period 1

How do anthropologists analyze power, politics and contemporary political spheres? What is cultural about politics and what is political about culture? This course provides an overview of the history of ideas in political anthropology, but the primary focus of the course is on contemporary anthropology. We examine political practices in diverse geographic settings: how do social groups enact, resist, and transform power relations in various times and places? After the first part of the course, which provides an understanding of the history of ideas in political anthropology, we move to explore the scholarly debates on contemporary fields of politics including the anthropology of democracy, state, citizenship, and publics. In the third part of the course, we look at the myriad of contemporary social movements including such themes as gender and politics, environmental movements as well as new media and politics. The class format will include lectures, films, group discussions and student presentations.

Berdahl, Daphne 1999. Where the World Ended: Re-Unification and Identity in the German Borderland.
Berkeley: Univ. of California Press.

Ferguson, James 2006. Global Shadows. Africa in the Neoliberal World Order. Durham: Duke University Press.

Scott, James 2009. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia. New Haven, Conn.; London: Yale University Press.

Grading: 0-5

The course will be conducted remotely through Zoom. Lectures will be recorded and made available on the moodle platform of the course. The course language is English.

Zoom meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays

3.9. at 10.15-11.45
8.9. at 14.15-15.45
10.9. at 10.15-11.45
15.9. at 14.15-15.45
17.9. at 10.15-11.45
22.9. at 14.15-15.45
24.9. at 10.15-11.45
29.9. at 14.15-15.45
1.10. at 10.15-11.45
6.10. at 14.15-15.45
8.10 at 10.15-11.45

The method of completing the course will be announced during the course.

Online learning environment Moodle will be used on the course. Moodle will open on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

How to get the Moodle-link and course key?
Students of University of Helsinki and Open University of Helsinki: Next day after registration: log into this study programme with your University of Helsinki username. You will receive more information on the username after registration.

Opintojakso sisältyy Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen kandiopintoihin ja Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen 35 opintopisteen kokonaisuuteen, (sosiaali- ja kulttuuriantropologian opintosuunta).