Social Sciences

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American Government & Politics (5 ECTS)

This American Government course is designed to provide an introductory but also a general perspective on the fundamental principles and philosophy of government. As is evident, emphasis will be placed on understanding the background and nature of American government [at the federal level], the functioning of its major institutions, as well as its relationship with state and local governments. In this regard, special emphasis will also be placed on the theory and practice of American democracy, the political meanings of the U. S. Constitution, the structure and organization of Congress, the executive and judicial branches, the evolution of civil rights policy, campaigns and elections, and the political influence of interest groups. Students are also acquainted with the substantive areas of American economic, foreign, and defense policies.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: POLVOA31
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: A student who successfully completes this class, should be able to:
    1. Acquire an integrated understanding of the nature and responsibilities of the American government as an institution.
    2. Understand the role of congress and bureaucrats as lawmakers and administrators, respectively.
    3. Understand the role of the Supreme Court in adjudicating and reinforcing the fundamental rights and liberties as granted in the constitution.
    4. Understand the role of individuals, interest groups, and other publics as participants in the democratic process.
    5. Develop an analytical frame of mind and a critical assessment of current/contemporary political issues.
    6. Acquire adequate foundation to take other higher-level courses in American government and politic
  • Evaluation: learning diary, exam(s)
  • Teachers responsible: Dr. Kalu N. Kalu
  • Course material: James A. Morone and Rogan Kersh .2017. By the People: Debating American Government, 3rd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0-19-0298418.
  • Min-max number of students: TBA
In questions concerning course content, please contact Tapio Raunio: tapio.raunio(a)uta.fi

Comparative Education Policy (5 ECTS)

The success of the Nordic countries' education systems have held the interest of educators and policy makers globally for years. Scores of teachers, principals and legislators from the US and elsewhere have visited Finland in hopes of understanding what it is that Finland does that could be copied and applied at home to obtain similar results. This course explores the goals, structures, incentives, funding and results of various education systems, with a focus on the Finnish and American systems. Recognizing that education systems are complex, the aim is to understand what combination of factors (class sizes, funding, teacher training, teaching philosophy and methods, etc) are most conducive in terms of encouraging and educating the student population. The course will also explore the methodology behind measuring and examining education systems.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: NAM-VI

  • Discipline: North American Studies

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Recognizing the basis and methods of comparing education systems

    • goals, outcomes and construction of education systems

    • comparing the Finnish school system and the North American school system

  • Evaluation: Lecture diary/ critical review

  • Teacher responsible: Tuomo Kuivalainen

  • Course material: Weekly readings (book chapters, research articles)

  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Tuomo Kuivalainen: tuomo.kuivalainen(a)uta.fi

Global Challenges to the Future of Welfare States (5 ECTS)

By taking a historical, ideological, economical, social, political and systems theoretical view, the aim is to widen the perspectives on the effects that global challenges have on the future of welfare states, and teach how to make an holistic analysis of the present and future challenges of the welfare states.  A historical view is taken to the development of welfare states and economic globalization, as well as, to the ideological development of ideas and values and models of welfare states. The European Union's effects to the recent and future development of European welfare state are also discussed. To widen the global view on the challenges, international politics and economy are discussed in relation to challenges of governance of world economic system and world politics.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: POLVOA31
  • Discipline: Political Science
  • Level of studies: basic/intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: The course widens students knowledge on the global challenges of the welfare states. It empowers students in value analysis of the political and economic challenges of the welfare states. As an element of futures studies the students will learn holistic analysis of the present and future challenges of the welfare states.
  • Working methods: The course consist of 24 hours of lectures and 6 hours of seminar where the essay task is handled. The essays are written on a given question (alone or as a group).
  • Evaluation: Exam or lecture diary and essay (alone or as a group)
  • Teachers responsible: Petri Kylliäinen
  • Course material: lecture slides
  • Min-max number of students: 10-50
In questions concerning course content, please contact Petri Kylliäinen: petri.kylliainen(a)uta.fi

Introduction to Experimental Economics (CANCELLED)

The course will introduce the students to the world of experimental economics. Much of the course is devoted to getting to know common experiments, or games, in practice. The students also get to try their hand at running an experiment.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: PCP03/NAM-VII

  • Discipline: Public Choice

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes: The student 

    • is familiar with the most common types of experiments

    • knows how experiments can be applied in the social sciences

    • understands the advantages and limitations of experimental methods

    • can identify strengths and weaknesses of an experimental design

  • Evaluation: Essay, other

  • Teacher responsible: Veera Jokipalo

  • Min-max number of students: 10-20

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Veera Jokipalo: jokipalo.veera.a(a)student.uta.fi

Nordic Welfare Model and Social Services in Transition (5 ECTS)

The course introduces the welfare state and especially the Nordic welfare state from historical and present day perspective. The course provides an introductory overview to the foundations of Nordic welfare state as well as to the main reforms and transitions that are implemented along marketization of the public services. The course consists of lectures, group working, course assignments and a short essay.

 

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: SOSKV1
  • Discipline: Social sciences & Social policy
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: After finishing the course, students understand the general features of the Nordic welfare model as well as its distinctiveness compared to other European welfare models. The course introduces the main argumentation of the ideal of a universal welfare state. Also on the latest transitions of the Nordic model, i.e. marketization of the public services, are contemplated. After the course the students are capable of evaluating the basics of different social policy models between different welfare states.
  • Evaluation: based on active participation, course assignments, short essay
  • Teachers responsible: Lina Van Aerschot & Olli Karsio
  • Course material: Research articles and lecture slides
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact Lina Van Aerschot: lina.van.aerschot(at)uta.fi or Olli Karsio: olli.karsio(at)uta.fi.

Peace, Human Rights and Democracy in the Korean Peninsula and East Asia (5 ECTS)

This course will address key issues in contemporary Korean politics, ranging from ongoing democratic reforms in South Korea to North Korean nuclear crisis. It delivers a series of lectures of (1) political history, (2) constitutional reform debates, (3) socio-economic reforms for a more fair and inclusive society, (4) democratic innovations and new forms of citizen participation, (5) resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis and new approaches towards peace & co-existence, and (6) promoting human rights and democratic citizenship in the region.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: POLVOS21

  • Discipline: Political Science

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes:

    • Students enhance their knowledge and understanding of contemporary Korean politics

    • Students examine key issues of Korean politics and their complex nature from a comparative perspective

    • Students examine how peace, human rights and democracy are interconnected in a specific regional context, while contending normative principles with empirical realities

  • Evaluation: Based on active participation, course assignments and a final essay

  • Teacher responsible: Dr. Hyeon Su Seo

  • Course material: A list of reading materials will be announced.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Hyeon Su Seo: hyeon.su.seo(a)uta.fi

Political Economy (3 ECTS)

Students will learn to understand the basics of economic way of thinking, especially as expressed in the idea of competive markets in both national and international contexts. On this basis, students will get a grasp of the signifigance of economics to a modern liberal-democratic politics - apparent, for example, in interpretations of the ideas of freedom, justice and democracy.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: FILA9, FILS1E

  • Discipline: Philosophy

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Learning outcomes: Students will learn to understand the basics of economic way of thinking, especially as expressed in the idea of competive markets in both national and international contexts. On this basis, students will get a grasp of the signifigance of economics to a modern liberal-democratic politics - apparent, for example, in interpretations of the ideas of freedom, justice and democracy.

  • Evaluation: exam

  • Teacher responsible: Petri Räsänen

  • Course material:

    • Räsänen, Petri, "Normative Foundations of Competitive Markets and Their Relevance to Democracy", SATS 2015, 16(2), pp.158-178.

    • Rodrik, Dani, The Globalization Paradox. Why Global Markets, States and Democracy Can't Coexist. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011. - some chosen excerpts

    • Blyth, Mark, Austerity. The History of a Dangerous Idea. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015. - some chosen excerpts

  • Min-max number of students: 10-12

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Petri Räsänen: e.petri.rasanen(a)uta.fi

Public Sociology (CANCELLED)

In this course we explore the boundaries of the social sciences from the point of view of its public value and relevance. The points of departure are forms of the engaged social sciences, such as public sociology, liberation sociology and activist research. The aim of these approaches is act with the people to improve living conditions, reduce social suffering and increase democratic participation in and equality of the society. The important questions in the course are as follows: Who are the subjects of my research? Who are my audiences? Who are the users of my research? How do I engage with them (how do I interact with them)? What are the effects of this engagement? The course is based on readings (provided by the teacher/facilitator) and small group discussions.

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: SOSM6.3

  • Discipline: Sociology

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes: In the course the students learn to identify and ponder the following questions: Who are the subjects of my research? Who are my audiences? Who are the users of my research? How do I engage with them (how do I interact with them)? What are the effects of this engagement?

  • Evaluation: Essay

  • Teacher responsible: Juha Suoranta

  • Course material: Course readings will be provided by the teacher.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-12

    In questions concerning course content, please contact Juha Suoranta: juha.suoranta(a)uta.fi

The Transformation of Global Environmental Politics (3 ECTS)

 

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: POLKVA33 / POMLFCS3

  • Discipline: International Relations

  • Level of studies: Intermediate

  • Teaching: 10 sessions (90-120 minutes) over a period of five business days

    1. Introduction and overview

    2. Analytical framework for global environmental politics from the perspective of international political economy, 1/2

    3. Analytical framework for global environmental politics from the perspective of international political economy, 2/2

    4. Global environmental politics in the twentieth century

    5. Global environmental politics in the twenty-first century

    6. Regime case studies: chemicals and biodiversity

    7. Regime case studies: climate change

    8. China and India in global environmental politics

    9. Beyond China and India: emerging economies in global environmental politics

    10. Conclusion and policy implications 

  • Evaluation: Short essay

  • Teacher responsible: Johannes Urpelainen

  • Course material: Reading materials will be announced during the course.

  • Min-max number of students: 10-15

    In questions concerning course content, please contact summerschool(a)uta.fi