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Teaching during period iv

There will be new changes to the course as a result of the latest instructions by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Due to this, we will proceed as follows:

1. Lectures. Next week there will be no lectures (see previous mail). Instead, Lectures 2, 3 and 4 will be postponed and they will take place via Zoom on the following dates:

-- Lecture 2: Tue 31.3 at 14.15-15.45

-- Lecture 3: Fri 3.4 at 14.15-15.45

-- Lecture 4: Tue 7.4 at 14.15-15.45.

I will set up Zoom and invite all course participants to the lectures. However, for those who either cannot attend then or have technical problems, the lecture will be recorded and uploaded to Moodle.

All other lectures will be implemented in the same way and according to the original timetable (I will renew the course plan as well asap to reflect these changes.) We are still in the process of figuring out what to do with the lectures by Prof. Roe, but some way or the other these will be implemented digitally too.

2. Group work. You are of course not required to meet in person anymore, but we will still require of you to work collectively in groups at distance in order for you to train joint problem formulation and analysis.

Thus, the tutoring sessions will be held according to the model above (Zoom + recordings), however instead of you self-organizing I will form the groups and then you can choose among yourselves about topics and analytical approaches for analyzing these. The end product will not be a presentation but a report (ca 5-7 pages long), which you then upload and send to me via Moodle. Deadlines as before, that is May 11th 2020.

3. Exam. You will still be required to write an exam, but this will be implemented as a "home assignment". This means that on May 5th, I will upload a set of four essay questions on Moodle, and you have 24 hours to complete them and send back your answers to me, again via Moodle.

If this date is unsuitable for some of you, please contact me so that we can set up a separate home assignment for you. It will be possible to do this until June 11th 2020.

Please contact me if you have any questions on these arrangements at nina.janasik@helsinki.fi

Anmäl dig
10.2.2020 kl. 12:00 - 10.3.2020 kl. 23:59


I den här delen hittar du kursens tidsschema. Kontrollera eventuella andra tider i beskrivning.

tis 10.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
fre 13.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
tis 17.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
fre 20.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
tis 24.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
fre 27.3.2020
14:15 - 15:45
fre 17.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
tis 21.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
fre 24.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
tis 28.4.2020
14:15 - 15:45
tis 5.5.2020
12:15 - 14:45

Övrig undervisning

23.03. - 30.03.2020 mån 10.15-11.45
04.05.2020 mån 10.15-13.45
Janne Hukkinen, Nina Janasik
Undervisningsspråk: Engelska


ECGS Master’s programme

Recommended: ECGS-083 Introduction to environmental policy (5 cr); ECGS-084 Environment, technology and culture (5 cr)

After the course the students can conduct critical interdisciplinary analyses of problems arising in interactions between technology, society and the environment. They can propose theoretically sound, evidence based and sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems. They have the communication skills to convincingly present the solutions to the relevant stakeholders. They are mentally prepared to take on professional challenges in environmental policy analysis, planning, decision-making, implementation and assessment.

3rd period; year 4 or 5

The course is an advanced integrative introduction to social scientific approaches for understanding interactions between key dimensions of sustainability: technology, society and environment. Guiding questions include: What is technology? What boundary conditions do technology, organizations and social institutions pose for environmental decision making? How can risks be managed in complex socio-ecological systems? How to ensure environmental innovations based on risk taking and experiments while managing inherent environmental risks? What is expertise in sustainability? Analytical approaches covered in the course include socio-ecological systems theory, science and technology studies, institutional theory, organization theory, risk governance, and behavioral governance. Student are divided into groups that analyze an environmental policy issue by applying one or more of the analytical approaches covered in the course. Each group presents their analysis orally at the end of the course.

1) systematic reading from course literature on environmental and technology studies

2) oral presentation with slides or poster prepared in groups and based on course themes and literature

3) individual exam.

There is a reading assignment from course literature each week. Student evaluation is based on group work (30%), and individual exam (70%). Total student workload is 135 h, of which 20 h lectures, 10 h tutoring sessions and oral presentations, 40 h group work, 62 h reading literature and individual study, 3 h exam taking. To ensure effective group work, access to the course is limited to the first 30 registered participants.

Course reader compiled of 20-25 articles and book chapters is available on course web pages (required).

Supplementary reading (not required):

  • J. Hukkinen, Institutions in Environmental Management: Constructing Mental Models and Sustainability. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • Y. Haila and C. Dyke, How Nature Speaks: The Dynamics of the Human Ecological Condition. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.
  • J. Hukkinen, Sustainability Networks: Cognitive Tools for Expert Collaboration in Social-Ecological Systems. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • W.E. Bijker, T.P. Hughes and T. Pinch (eds) The Social Construction of Technological Systems, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1987.

Professor Janne I. Hukkinen

Replaces 737110 Technology, society and environment (5 cr)