22.05.2015

International Studies Programme in History and Ethnology 2015–2017

Study Programme in pdf format


Description


The International Studies Programme in History and Ethnology is an interdisciplinary course of study designed for international exchange students. The modules offered are at the subject studies level. The programme explores historical and ethnological research traditions and methodologies. In addition, participants will develop their competence in scientific research and critical thinking.

The programme comprises core studies and optional studies, a selection of subject-study level modules offered by the Department of History and Ethnology (HELA). Students may also take book examinations or submit essays on optional module topics. (See below for further information.)

Students will participate in the programme for either one semester or a full academic year, depending on the duration of their exchange visit.

The language of instruction is English. All student assignments are to be completed in English.

Core Studies

Optional Studies

 

Course Descriptions

 

Core Studies, 15–20 ECTS


HELA001 Introduction to the International Studies Programme, and study plan (HOPS), 1 ECTS

Objective: Students participate in the introductory session for exchange students. Personal study plans are drawn up by students and discussed with their study counsellors. The plan will help students to pursue their studies according to their own strengths and interests.

On completion of this module, the student will

    • be familiar with the international studies programme offered by HELA
    • be able to plan his/her own studies during the student exchange
    • be aware of the relevance of his/her studies to working life

Mode of study: Introductory lectures, discussions.

Assessment: Pass - Fail

 

HELA002 Introduction to Finnish History, 5 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • be familiar with the basic outline of Finnish history from the Ice Age to the present
    • know the turning points of Finnish history
    • understand how Finnish history is part of wider European history
    • have more detailed knowledge of two specific topics within Finnish history

Mode of study: Lectures and essays

Assessment: 0-5

 

HELA003 Research Methods in History and Ethnology, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • be familiar with the methodological and theoretical orientations and research practices specific to history and ethnology
    • be able to recognize the main types of source materials in history and ethnology
    • be able to participate in scientific debate
    • be able to recognize and evaluate ethical issues in research

Mode of study: Lectures, seminar

Assessment: 0-5

 

HELA041 Review paper for History (5 ECTS) and / or

HELA042 Review paper for Ethnology (5 ECTS)

Objective: On completion of these modules the student will be able to

    • collect and analyse sources and research literature
    • write a viable research plan
    • write a short research paper
    • justify his/her methodological choices
    • respect the principles of research ethics and act in accordance with them

Mode of study:  Students prepare a fifteen-page review paper on a chosen topic related to research methodology and their own research interests.

Assessment: 0-5

 

Optional Studies


Students can choose from the following selection of subject studies modules offered by HELA. Not all modules listed below will be available every year as taught modules. In addition to taught courses, students may also take book examinations based on the literature selection below or write essays independently. If you wish to submit an essay, you must first contact the examiner.

Modes of study: Lectures, seminars, book exams, essays

 

History

 

HELA100, History of ideas and conceptual history, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • understand the most important research traditions in the history of ideas and conceptual history
    • be able to recognize and evaluate the main currents within the history of political thought

Assessment: 0-5

Literature (choose two of the following):

      • Baycroft, Timothy and Hewitson, Mark (eds.), What is a Nation? Europe 1789-1914 (2006)
      • Heywood, Andrew, Political Ideologies: An Introduction (2007)
      • Munck, Thomas, The Enlightenment: A Comparative Social History 1721 – 1794 (2002)
      • Palonen, Kari (ed.), The Politics of Dissensus: Parliament in Debate (2014)

 

HELA200, Political history, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • be familiar with the history and operation of international relations
    • be able to evaluate the meaning and consequences of crises in history
    • be able to analyse the meaning of political culture in different historical situations

Assessment: 0-5

Literature (choose two of the following):

      • Armstrong, David, Lloyd, Lorna and Redmond, John, International Organization in World Politics (2004)
      • Collini, Stefan, Whatmore, Richard & Young. Brian (eds.), Economy, Polity, and Society. British Intellectual History 1750-1950 (2000)
      • Haslam, Jonathan, Russia’s Cold War (2011)
      • Katajala, Kimmo (ed.), Northern Revolts: Medieval and Early Modern Peasant Unrest in the Nordic Countries (2004)

 

HELA300, Cultural history, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • understand the main concepts in cultural history and be familiar with the related critical discussions
    • be familiar with the most relevant themes relating to the history of everyday life
    • be familiar with the history of technology, information society and innovation
    • understand the main issues relating to the history of crime

Assessment: 0-5

Literature (choose two of the following):

      • Burke, Peter, Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (Revised repr., 1994)
      • Harrison, Mark, Disease and the Modern World: 1500 to the present (2004)
      • Matikainen, Olli, Lidman, Satu (eds.), Morality, Crime and Social Control in Europe 1500–1900 (2014)
      • Müller, Leos & Ojala, Jari (eds.), Information Flows: New Approaches in the Historical Study of Business Information (2007)

 

HELA400, Social history, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • understand the most important methods in social history
    • be able to analyse the meaning and importance of gender in different contexts
    • be able to evaluate the relationship between individuals, families and communities
    • know how to analyse long-term social structures

Assessment: 0-5

Literature: (choose two of the following)

      • Ahlbäck, Anders, Manhood and the Making of the Military. Conscription, Military Service and masculinity in Finland, 1917–39 (2014)
      • Braudel, Fernand, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century. Vol. 1, The Structures of Everyday Life: The Limits of the Possible (1992)
      • Kaelble, Hartmut, A social history of Western Europe 1880-1980 (1989)
      • Pylkkänen, Anu, Trapped in Equality: Women as Legal Persons in the Modernisation of Finnish Law (2009)

 

HELA500, Economic history, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • be able to evaluate the causes and consequences of the growth of the global economy and subsequent structural changes
    • be aware of Finland’s role in the global economy
    • recognize the role of the economy in the development of society and culture
    • be familiar with economic mechanisms from the perspective of an individual

Assessment: 0-5

Literature (choose two of the following):

      • Clark, Gregory, Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (2007)
      • Fellman, Susanna et al.(ed.), Creating Nordic Capitalism. The Business History of a Competitive Periphery (2008)
      • Fogel, Robert William, The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World (2004)
      • McCloskey, Deirdre N., Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economists Can’t Explain the Modern World (2010)

 

Ethnology

 

HELA601 Ethnology and Religion, 5 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • be familiar with the central concepts and theoretical foundations through which religion can be examined ethnologically
    • understand the various relationships between religion and culture and will know how they have been studied in ethnology
    • select one case study of religious practice, conflicts or doctrine and familiarize him/herself more deeply with it.

Assessment: 0–5

Literature: Please see a separate list for literature.

 

HELA701 Ethnology of Development, 5 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • know what are the most challenging questions related to development faced by people living in difficult socio-economic circumstances
    • be able to critically assess how power relations influence what is meant by development in different contexts
    • know how the knowledge gathered through ethnographic methods differs from other kinds of knowledge used in development research
    • will be able to evaluate how ethnographic knowledge can be used in an applied manner to support the development of studied communities.

Assessment: 0–5.

Literature: Please see a separate list for literature.

 

HELA801 Body and Gender in Ethnology, 4 ECTS

Objective: On completion of this module the student will

    • know why body and gender are important areas of study within ethnology and what are the critical perspectives they offer to our understanding of society, individual and culture
    • recognize the challenges inherent in ethnographic research on body and gender as well as the significance of the researcher's gender, embodied subjectivity, age and ethnic background in ethnological research
    • have a broad awareness of ethnologically-oriented researchers and research directions related to body and gender

Assessment: 0–5.

Literature: Please see a separate list for literature.