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unipoli tampere: studying: finnish society and culture lectures


A number of international surveys have ranked Finland as one of the happiest countries on earth. The course 'Finnish Society and Culture' gives students a comprehensive introduction to Finnish society, history and culture.

"This course helped me a lot to understand Finns and the way things work in Finland!" Noriyuki, Japan

"I also learned many new words and got to know several other subjects which are not available to me in my home university." Joanna, Poland

"I really liked the idea: A different topic and lecturer every week, and the big crowd of other international students." Miquel, Mexico

The course 'Finnish Society and Culture' (3-5cr) is intended for all international students (both degree and exchange students) at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere (UTA). Lectures are held by experts in the fields of, for example, Finnish history, welfare state, foreign policy, information society, technology, innovations, literature, culture, music, art, design, environmental issues, forestry, business and business branches especially in the Tampere region.

The course is  especially designed for international students who wish to know more about Finnish society and culture. The main purpose is to introduce students to the society and culture of contemporary Finland. After the course, the participants will have a basic knowledge of the cultural, political and economic background of one of the Nordic welfare states.

When and where ?

The course will be held at the University of Tampere on Wednesday evenings at 18-20, starting on 18th January 2017.

How to sign up for the course?

Registration is already open. Students at UTA can sign up in NettiOpsu. Students at TUT and TAMK can sign up by using the electronic registration system on the course page.  The deadline for registration is January 11th. NB! Always use your university email address (TAMK, TUT or UTA) in all your correspondence concerning the course. Other email addresses may be regarded as spam. If you have any questions, you can contact the course coordinator Ms. Anna Wansen-Kaseva:

How to get the course included in your studies

Students at UTA: this course will be displayed on your UTA transcript of records, as it is organized by UTA.

Students at TAMK and TUT: you will receive a separate transcript of records from UTA after completing the course.

Exchange students: Always remember to check with your home university whether this course can be included in your exchange studies in Tampere.

Degree students: Please contact the coordinator of your own degree programme and ask if this course can be included in the "optional studies" study module in your personal study plan ("vapaavalintaiset opinnot" in Finnish).

Lecture programme in Spring 2017

Weekly lectures on Wednesdays at 18-20, subject to change:

18.1. How to communicate in Finland?

25.1. Finnish History - Finns and Finland between East and West

1.2. Boundaries of Finnishness and Ethnic Minorities in Finland

8.2. Finnish Gastronomy

15.2. Finnish Political System

22.2. Finnish Education System

1.3. Finnish Popular Music

8.3. Technology and Innovation in Finland: Current Issues and Future Challenges

15.3. Finnish Forests and Forestry

22.3. Finnish Welfare and Social Services

29.3. Finnish Art History in a Nutshell

5.4. Finnish Literature

19.4. Special Features of Finnish Mass Media


Please see the course page for further details.


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higher education institutions (TAMK, TUT
and UTA) in Tampere.

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