Courses

Below are the UTA Summer School courses for August 2016.

Courses for August 2017 will be published in January 2017.

 

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FINNISH SURVIVAL COURSE (2 ECTS)

Language Centre

Course info

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Type / level of studies: Language and communication studies / level A1
  • Learning outcomes: After successful completion of the course students know the foundations of Finnish pronunciation and can use and understand short and simply-structured Finnish expressions that concern some of the most common matters and situations related to everyday life (telling their name, buying and paying, telling the time, ordering food).
  • Teachers responsible: Katriina Veikkolainen & Heikki Kangasniemi
  • Teaching: Tutorials 26h, independent work 28h
    NOTE! There will be two groups for UTASS Finnish Survival Course in August 2016: 
    group A in the morning (9:00-12:30) and group B in the afternoon (13:30-17:00).
  • Min-max number of students in each group: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teachers: heikki.kangasniemi(at)uta.fi or katriina.veikkolainen(at)uta.fi.

DIALOGUE: CONSTRUCTIVE TALK AT WORK (2 ECTS) 

Language Centre

Course info

The course aims to provide students with such communication skills that help further dialogue in the work place when using English as a lingua franca.

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Type / level of studies: Language and communication studies
  • Learning outcomes: On completion of the course, the students are expected to
    • be able to use strategies to enhance dialogue and constructive communication at work
    • understand and know how to overcome barriers of effective communication
    • have knowledge and tools to reflect on and develop their own communication skills
  • Contents: To achieve the learning outcomes, students will
    • acquaint themselves with the concept of dialogue
    • analyse the role of language in the context of workplace communication
    • practice strategies of sharing meaning through dialogue in a group
    • develop strategies for dealing with conflict
    • engage in a common workplace task (e.g. negotiating a strategy for an organization)
  • Evaluation: Pass/FailContinuous assessment, completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.
  • Teacher responsible: Mirja Hämäläinen
  • Teaching: Tutorials 26h, independent work 28h
  • Course material: Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

 In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher Mirja Hämäläinen: mirja.hamalainen(at)uta.fi

ACADEMIC COMMUNICATION AND EFFECTIVE PRESENTING (4 ECTS)  

School of Communication, Media and Theatre

Course info

The course focuses on the basics of presentation skills and academic public speaking. The topics of message structuring, message planning, visualization, argumentation, effective message targeting to various audiences and speech anxiety will be covered. The course includes practice speeches to both academic audiences and to other audiences through audio and visual media.

  • Dates: 8 - 15 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 4
  • Discipline: Speech communication  
  • Level of studies: PhD Candidates and Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Learning outcomes: After the course the students will know the key elements of public speaking and performance skills and understand the specifics of academic speech occasions. They will be able to apply the acquired skills such as argumentation, presentation structuring and communication visualization to presentations at scientific conferences and educational settings. They are able to effectively summarize and simplify research results into messages, e.g., for the media, they can appropriately evaluate own and others' presentations and use the knowledge to improve their own competence in various interactional contexts.
  • Working methods: Lectures, video material and analysis, public speaking practice in an online setting and in conference presentations
  • Evaluation: pass / fail
  • Teacher responsible: Dr. Ira Virtanen
  • Course material: informational lecture material, video examples, recording (video) one’s own speeches, peer feedback and teacher feedback
  • Teaching: Lectures 10h, working in one of the two practice groups 12h (NB! switching from one group to another is not possible). 
    Attendance at all times (lectures and practices) is required.
  • Min-max number of students: min 6 - max 24 for lectures, max 12 for each practice group

In questions concerning course content, please contact Ira Virtanen: ira.virtanen(at)uta.fi.

INTERDISCIPLINARY SECURITY AND SAFETY (5 ECTS)  

Joint Summer School: University of Tampere / School of Management, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Police University College

Course info

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: interdisciplinary
  • Level of studies: Bachelor / Master
  • Content: The themes of the course lectures will cover interdisciplinary approaches to societal security in general, and safety (of organisations, individuals), security and risk governance, the EU and international security strategies, cyber security and hybrid war, community safety partnerships, preparedness and resilience, roles of citizens, enterprise risk management, built environment and designing out crime.
    For further information, please see the Course Programme (PDF).
  • Learning outcomes: The student will have a sound understanding of the concepts, theories and practices of societal security and safety, an overview of interdisciplinary inquiry and approaches to security and safety (security governance,  risk governance, international relations, political science, economy, technology) and the perspective to topical security and safety that is broad: from global, the EU, and national security to local / community safety and security and safety of the individuals, and how these are interdependent.
  • Working methods: lectures, excursion(s)
  • Evaluation: written assignments, final course essay (about 1500 words)
  • Teacher responsible: Prof. Sirpa Virta; the course will be delivered together with School of Management at University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere University of Applied Sciences and Police University College.
  • Course material: extended reading handouts for each lecture
  • Teaching: 2h lecture per day = 20h, study visit(s)
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Sirpa Virta: sirpa.virta(at)uta.fi.

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (5 ECTS)  

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Couse info

  • Dates: 15 - 19 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Social Sciences
  • Level of studies: Bachelor / Master
  • Content: The course will introduce sustainable development framework. Sustainable development is studied with focus on concrete everyday life and policy issues such as food, energy, poverty and mobility.
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course a student is expected to be able to
    • understand the interconnections of human well-being, economy and environment and to recognize the role of local and global issues that relate to them,
    • recognize national and international scientific and political discussion in sustainable development,
    • identify ethical characteristics and crucial conflicts in sustainable development,
    • interpret society from the viewpoint of sustainable development,
    • think critically and apply sustainable development thinking in his own field of study.
  • Working methods: Lectures, readings and workshops + a project plan for sustainable development in teams, with a theoretical background paper
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teachers responsible: Risto Kunelius & Liisa Häikiö
  • Course material: will be delivered during the course
  • Teaching: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-40

In questions concerning course content, please contact Risto Kunelius or Liisa Häikiö: risto.kunelius(at)uta.fi, liisa.haikio(at)uta.fi.

INTRODUCTION TO GAME RESEARCH (5 ECTS)  

School of Information Sciences

Course info

Introduction to Game Research (IGR) takes both theoretical and practical look on games. Although the course focuses on video games, the concepts and methods learned during the course can be applied to any kind of games. The course has three major themes for the seven lectures:

  1. Games as formal systems, game types and different game genres
  2. Usability and playability of games, game user experience
  3. Game design, prototyping, playtesting, and evaluation methods

In addition to the lectures, the course features three four-hour workshops where the theory is put into practice. For passing the course, the student must attend to the classes and workshops, write an essay and complete lecture assignments.

  • Dates: 8 - 16 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Level of studies: Bachelor
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is expected to
    • understand the key concepts of games as formal systems
    • acknowledge the various game types and genres
    • understand the key concepts of game usability, playability and game user experience
    • acknowledge the basics of game design, prototyping, evaluation, and playtesting and evaluation methods
  • Working methods: Lectures on seven different topics, three workshops
  • Evaluation: 1-5; based on essay and assignments, lecture and workshop attendance, and activity
  • Teacher responsible: Janne Paavilainen
  • Course material: Articles and other online material
  • Teaching: Lectures on seven different topics, three workshops
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

In questions concerning course content, please contact Janne Paavilainen: janne.paavilainen(at)uta.fi

ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT: A TECHNICAL AND SOCIO-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (5 ECTS)  

School of Information Sciences & School of Communication, Media and Theatre

Course info

  • Dates: 15 - 19 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Computer Science, Interactive Technology, Media Education
  • Level of studies: Master
  • Content: The course provides real case studies as suitable examples for the challenges and opportunities for ICT and media education in developing regions. The course covers the theoretical design frameworks that are currently in use, as identified through research publications. Students will work in groups to study a current research paper on ICT4D / HCI4D, media education and present their understanding to the rest of the class.
  • Learning outcomes: After taking the course the student
    • understands the diversity of ICT4D and its applications to different domains (education, healthcare, finance), with a focus on digital education and pedagogy including media and information literacies for development.
    • understands the challenges associated with user groups and their environments for ICT4D
    • is familiar with the challenges and opportunities in using technology for a social cause
    • understands the social and cultural influences that affect users from developing regions
    • knows the current research trends in ICT4D and media education and underlying design principles (user centered design, ethno-methodology, participatory design)
    • has worked in a group to evaluate and critically analyze a real life ICT4D case study and / or media education.
  • Working methods: Lectures (also guest lectures), exercises, group work and presentations
  • Evaluation: pass / fail
  • Teachers responsible: Markku Turunen, Sirkku Kotilainen, Sumita Sharma
  • Course material: in Moodle
  • Teaching: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Markku Turunen: markku.turunen(at)uta.fi.

USABILITY EVALUATION METHODS (5 ECTS)  

School of Information Sciences

Course info

The course is intended for students who like to learn the fundamentals of usability evaluation methods either to continue in the master level courses of human-technology interaction (HTI-programme) or in general like to gain knowledge how to utilize the methods in their own field. The course is particularly suitable for international students.

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Computer Science, Interactive Technology
  • Level of studies: Master
  • Content: The importance of usability evaluation in different stages of the of product development, the influence of different types of user interfaces and user groups in the selection of the methods, ethical considerations in usability studies, heuristic evaluation, usability evaluation in the lab, making a test plan, conducting usability tests, analyzing and reporting, team work skills.
  • Learning outcomes: After taking the course the student
    • is familiar with different usability evaluation methods and knows how to use them during the product development process
    • is able to apply the most common methods in practice
    • understands major ethical considerations of usability studies
    • has developed team work skills needed in working life
    • has participated in a hands-on usability evaluation of a given system
  • Evaluation: 1 - 5
  • Teachers responsible: Markku Turunen, Sumita Sharma
  • Course material: in Moodle
  • Teaching: Mandatory lectures, daily exercises, and group work
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30
     

In questions concerning course content, please contact Markku Turunen or Sumita Sharma: 
markku.turunen(at)uta.fi or sumita.s.sharma(a)uta.fi.

INTRODUCTION TO WEB PUBLISHING (5 ECTS)  

School of Information Sciences

Course info

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Level of studies: Bachelor
  • Content: The course presents the general concepts and techniques of web publishing. During the classroom teaching sessions, students follow guided exercises and short theoretical introductions to the related topics. The course includes the following topics: the online environment, basics of online image editing, HTML and CSS standards, creating and publishing resources.
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is expected to be able to
    • comprehend the foundation of web publishing
    • work independently to manage online media resources
  • Working methods: Lectures, independent work, exercises
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher responsible: Andras Varga
  • Course material: in Moodle
  • Teaching: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

In questions concerning course content, please contact Andras Varga: andras.varga(at)uta.fi.

UNDERSTANDING RUSSIA THROUGH VARIOUS DISCOURSES (5 ECTS)

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies 

Course info

There is a close connection between the life of a society and the lexicon of the language spoken by it. In Russia the discourse of power traditionally has an influence on the Russian discourse as a whole. In this course the discourse of power will not only be interpreted as the language of politicians, but also as a language of all pro-government newsmakers and celebrities, journalists, film-makers and even church hierarchs. Special attention will be paid to the key values and challenges declared by Putin’s regime and to its slogans and clichés. Also the discourse of the oppositionists will be discussed and it will be showed that they use almost the same techniques and the same clichés as pro-Putin propagandists turned upside down.

  • Dates: 15 - 19 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Russian Studies, Russian and European Studies, Russian Language, Culture and Translation
  • Level of studies: Intermediary / Master / PhD
  • Learning outcomes: TBA
  • Evaluation: TBA
  • Teacher responsible: Jelena Shmeleva
  • Course material: TBA
  • Teaching: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In case of questions concerning the content of the course, please contact Arja Rosenholm: arja.rosenholm(at)uta.fi.

ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE (5 ECTS)

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies  

Course info

This course reviews linguistic as well as various socio-cultural aspects of English as a global language, paying attention to both theory and practice. The course has three main aims. Firstly, it outlines the development and characteristics of English as a global language – the variation, change and diversification of English in different regions, societies, communities and settings in the world – with specific emphasis on non-native-speaker contexts. Secondly, the course provides a critical overview of issues around and debates on the impact of the spread of English in the world. Thirdly, it familiarizes students with a range of linguistic and discourse-pragmatic approaches to studying English as a global language.

 

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: English language, literature and translation
  • Level of studies: Bachelor / Master
  • Learning outcomes: Students will have a basic knowledge of the variation, change and diversification of the English language in different regions, societies, communities and settings around the world.
  • Working methods: Participation in classroom discussions and exercises and a course essay
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher responsible: Hanna Parviainen
  • Course material: short readings given in class
  • Teaching: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Hanna Parviainen: hanna.e.parviainen(at)uta.fi.

MYTH BUSTERS: TEN FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT FINNISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (2/5 ECTS)

School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies  

Course info

What are the origins of Finnish? What do the layers of loan words reveal about the past of Finns? Is Finland linguistically and culturally one of the most homogenous countries in Europe?

When and why are Finns silent? Why do Finns talk in a monotonous way? Why do even professors speak a dialect when lecturing?

If Finnish is difficult, why do Finnish children learn it and become literate so easily? Is Finnish truly the most difficult language in the world?

What has the role of literature been in creating images of Finns and Finnishness? In what ways is current Finnish literature international and at the same time original?

The course focuses on some common misconceptions about the Finnish language, its past and current situation. We also dispel myths about the Finnish way of communication, the status of various language varieties in Finland and the reputation of Finnish as a difficult language. This course will discuss where the stereotypes stem from, and you will reconsider your preconceptions about the Finnish language and the Finns.

  • Dates: 15 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2/5
    NOTE! The course will be assessed through participation at a closing workshop (2 ECTS). UTA students of SUKK can gain three more credits by doing additional work.
  • Discipline: Finnish Language and Culture
  • Level of studies: Bachelor
  • Learning outcomes: TBA
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher responsible: Saija Merke
  • Course material: articles and other online material
  • Teaching: lectures on 7–10 different topics, (workshops)
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Saija Merke: saija.merke(at)uta.fi.

THE APPLICATION OF ECONOMICS TO HEALTH CARE (5 ECTS)

School of Health Sciences

Course info

  • Dates: 8 - 19 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Health economics
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Course content:
    • Economics of health and health care
    • The key issues of health economics
    • Specificities of health and health care
    • Activity and market equilibrium of health care
    • Essential evaluation methods of health economics
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student will
    • be familiar with the concepts and approach of health economics
    • know the basics of the main evaluation methods of health economics
    • be able to find and evaluate health economic literature and scientific articles
    • be able to evaluate the use of health-economic approaches to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of some of the different health systems around the world
  • Evaluation: 1-5. Exercises are evaluated pass/fail. The individual essay is graded 1-5 and this will be the final grade of the course.
  • Teacher responsible: Prof. Pekka Rissanen
  • Course material: Lorna Guinness (ed.), Virginia Wiseman (ed.) (2011): Introduction to Health Economics (Understanding Public Health).
    Articles, announced during the course and in Moodle (e-learning environment).
  • Teaching: Lectures (10 hours), exercises in Moodle and individual essay
  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

In questions concerning course content, please contact Pekka Rissanen: pekka.rissanen(at)uta.fi.

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION AND AT WORK (5 ECTS)

School of Education

Course info

  • Dates: 9 - 19 August 2016
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: intermediate (for students who have completed at least 1 year of BA level studies)
  • Content: During the course, the foundations, aims, and key concepts of multicultural and intercultural education will be explored. In addition, studies concerning multicultural study and work environments will be presented, discussed, and compared.
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student
    • is aware of the challenges and opportunities brought by increasing cultural diversity in education and at work,
    • knows different theoretical perspectives concerning multicultural and intercultural education as well as culturally diverse work environments,
    • can compare different theoretical approaches and apply theoretical knowledge in practice.
  • Evaluation: 1-5
  • Teacher: Pauliina Alenius
  • Course material: will be provided by the teacher during the course through Moodle (electronic learning environment)
  • Working methods: Lectures, group assignments and discussions 20h, independent work 115h
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact Pauliina Alenius: pauliina.alenius(at)uta.fi.

POSSIBILITIES OF "DATA" IN SOCIAL RESEARCH (5 ECTS) - SEPARATE SUMMER SEMINAR!

School of Education & School of Management

Course info

THE COURSE WILL BE ORGANISED AS A SEPARATE SUMMER SEMINAR!

The concept of ‘data’ is treated dominantly as unproblematic in social research. “Data has become a key element of one of the main grand narratives of research. Data is survey responses, numbers, interview transcripts, artifacts, texts, observations, notes, images, and so on.” (Koro-Ljungberg and MacLure, 2013 p. 219). We usually ‘collect’ data, code and interpret data based on advice gained from textbooks and with the hope that something new emerge through this process. In this course we make ‘data’ unfamiliar. Through interdisciplinary engagements we interrogate what we do / can consider as [good] data in the context of social research: definitions, enactments and treatments of data.  We think this is an important issue in research at a time when data has gained the status of 'hard data' supplying 'hard evidence' and when the concept of data in many research projects is still treated as taken-for-granted.

  • Dates: 16 - 17 August
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Discipline: Multidisciplinary in social sciences and education
  • Level of studies: Doctoral studies
  • Learning outcomes: Students will acquire ways to rethink the nature and uses of data in their own research.
  • Evaluation: Course attendance, submission of individual study reports based on critical engagements with data in regards to students’ own research.
  • Teachers responsible: Zsuzsa Millei (JKK) & Antti Saari (EDU)
  • Invited speakers and discussants:
    • Professor Bernadette Baker (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
    • Professor Mikko Lehtonen (School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere)
    • Professor Mirka Koro-Ljungberg (Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, USA)
    • Professor Eva Bendix Petersen (Department and Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark)
  • Course material: Articles and book chapters provided by the speakers and teachers.
  • Working methods: Preliminary course readings, lectures by invited speakers, workshops, writing individual study reports
  • Teaching: Lectures 20 h (12 h on campus + 8 h online)
  • Min-max number of students: 10-40

Seminar programme and registration: http://datainsocialresearch.blogspot.fi/

In questions concerning seminar content, please contact Antti Saari or Zsuzsa Millei: antti.w.saari(at)uta.fi,