Courses

Below are the courses for Tampere Summer School 2017. Choose your favourite!

Please see the Teaching Timetable for exact course schedules - especially if you are interested in applying for more than one course!

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FINNISH SURVIVAL COURSE (2 ECTS)

  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 2

  • Course code: KKSUSC

  • 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).

  • Teacher responsible: Heikki Kangasniemi

  • Teaching: Tutorials 26h, independent work 28h. Teaching Timetable

  • Min-max number of students: 15-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher: heikki.kangasniemi(at)uta.fi.

DIALOGUE: CONSTRUCTIVE TALK AT WORK
(2 ECTS) 

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: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KKENVAL4
  • 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. Teaching Timetable
  • Course material: Will be distributed by the teacher and/or through Moodle.
  • Min-max number of students: 15-30

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

CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION AND AT WORK (5 ECTS)  

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.

  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KASA9
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: intermediate (Bachelor)
  • Learning outcomes: After 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.
  • Working methods: lectures, discussions and presentations 20 h, group assignments and independent work 115 h
  • Evaluation: 1-5 (based on a learning diary, group assignments and participation during the course)
  • Teachers  responsible: Pauliina Alenius and Raisa Harju-Autti
  • Course material: will be provided by the teacher during the course through Moodle, electronic learning environment
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

Please note that in addition to lectures students have to do also individual and group assignments during the course. Thus, it is not recommended to take another Summer School course in addition to this one.

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

EDUCATION, WORK AND CULTURE (5 ECTS)  

The course examines cross-cultural reflections on meanings of work and education, supported by relevant case studies from work-related educational praxis. Students are engaged in the development of position papers problematizing current pedagogical practices and suggesting alternatives from the perspective of planetary justice. Students are expected to organize into cross-cultural groups, which collaboratively plan a case study, visit the field and develop a summary for discussion.

  • NB! Cancelled. Students who registered for this course have been notified.
  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KASSA3
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: advanced (Master)
  • Learning outcomes: After the course the student will
    • understand anthropological, cultural and ethical underpinnings of concepts such as work, occupation, industry and economy in relation to (different forms of) education
    • be aware about the changing meanings of work and education in cultural evolution and in constitution of human-nonhuman relations
    • be able to engage in cross-cultural discussion about the future of work and work-related education
  • Working methods: Individual readings, group case study and individual or group position paper, discussed in face to face meetings and in Moodle.
  • Evaluation: TBA
  • Teacher responsible: Anja Heikkinen
  • Course material: Selection of literature will be provided during the course. Material collected through case studies.
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Anja Heikkinen: anja.heikkinen(at)uta.fi.

ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE (5 ECTS)  

The 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: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ENGS18
  • Discipline: English language, literature and translation
  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced (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: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

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

INTRODUCTION TO GAME RESEARCH (5 ECTS)

The course 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: 7 - 16 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ITIA11
  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media
  • Level of studies: intermediate (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: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

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

INTRODUCTION TO WEB PUBLISHING (5 ECTS)

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.

  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017

  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 5

  • Course code: ITIY3

  • Discipline: Information Studies and Interactive Media

  • Level of studies: basic

  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course students are expected to be able to

    • comprehend the foundation of web publishing

    • work independently to manage online media resources

  • Evaluation: based on an exam

  • Teacher responsible: Andras Varga

  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable

  • Course material: distributed through Moodle

  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

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

FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN-TECHNOLOGY INTERACTION (5 ECTS) 

  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: HTIS86
  • Discipline: Human-Technology Interaction
  • Level of studies: advanced
  • Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the course the student
    • Knows the foundations of human-technology interaction (HTI)
    • Understands the basic concepts of HTI and how they are applied in design, implementation and evaluation of interactive systems
    • Knows the basics of human-factors in human-technology interaction
    • Knows the most common usability, user experience and experimental evaluation methods
  • Evaluation: 1-5; based on essay and assignments, lecture and workshop attendance, and student activity
  • Teachers responsible: Markku Turunen
  • Course material: Online material and scientific publications
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

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

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING I (5 ECTS)  

Introduction to Programming I (5 ECTS) is a course for absolute beginners in programming. The course will provide a gentle, yet intensive, introduction to programming.  No previous knowledge of programing is required. The aim is to learn the fundamentals of programming. These include the notions of algorithm, variables, statements, types and control structures (selection and repetition). In addition, topics such as the input and output, good programming practices and strings are covered. After the course the students are able solve small programming problems and can independently continue to learn more Java or familiarise themselves with other imperative programming languages. The course is well suited for both undergraduate and graduated teachers who are required to teach programming, for example, in comprehensive school. The scope and content of the course is the same as those of the High Level Programming I (TIEP1, 5 ECTS) course offered by the University of Tampere.

  • Dates: 8 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: TIEP1
  • Discipline: Computer Science
  • Level of studies: basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course the student is expected to
    • know the concept of algorithm and the basic principles of programming
    • have gained basic skills in structural programming
    • be able to solve small programming problems
    • be able to write smallish structured programs in Java
    • know the basics of good programming practices
  • Working methods: Lectures and exercises
  • Evaluation: Numeric 1-5, based on an exam and exercise activity
  • Teacher responsible: Jorma Laurikkala
  • Course material: Distributed online via the WETO learning management system.
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-24

In questions concerning course content, please contact Jorma Laurikkala: jorma.laurikkala(at)uta.fi.

WORKSHOP IN MEDIA LITERACIES: FILM LITERACY EDUCATION (5 ECTS)  

Nowadays film is an enormous industry, established art form, and a popular entertainment source. However, it has not been taught in educational institutions, in contrast to other art forms such as theatre, literature, and music. Studying film will promote the film literacy and inspire using film in education. A special theme will be in horror films for children and, perspectives in their educational use.

During the course, participants would analyze movies from film studies’ perspective and learn several film theories and important elements of film such as genre, narrative and style. As an assignment of the course, participants would use gained knowledge and participate in group activity to create a short movie with use of mobile phone cameras. The task would be to shoot several photos or short videos and edit them together to create own film. Thus, participants would gain knowledge about theoretical aspects of film studies and adopt them in practical activity.

  • Dates: 7 - 17 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: MEDU09
  • Level of studies: advanced (Master / PhD)
  • Learning outcomes: TBA
  • Working methods:
    • 20 hours of contact teaching
    • Group assignment as a short mobile film during the week
    • Personal assignment: learning diary focused on the educational perspective (Moodle, dl 31 August)
  • Evaluation: TBA
  • Teachers responsible: PhD student, film education expert Marjo Kovanen (UTA /Koulukino ry), MA student Sergei Glotov (UTA), Professor Sirkku Kotilainen (UTA)
  • Course material: TBA
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

In questions concerning course content, please contact Sirkku Kotilainen: sirkku.kotilainen(at)uta.fi.

FUNDAMENTALS OF FINANCE (5 ECTS)

  • Dates: 10 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • COurse code: KATRAA11
  • Discipline: Accounting & Finance
  • Level of studies: basic
  • Learning outcomes: After completing the course successfully, students have basic knowledge about valuation methods, basic characteristics of derivatives, and short-term financial planning of corporations. Students understand the role of financial markets in economy and how required rate of return is determined.
  • Evaluation: based on an exam
  • Teacher responsible: John Kihn
  • Course material:
    • Brealey, Richard A.; Myers, Stewart C.; Franklin, A. (2008) Principles of corporate finance (9th edition or newer). McGraw-Hill Irwin, Boston.) 0-07-286946-1.
    • PowerPoint presentations
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

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.

  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • 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 and self-evaluation
  • Teachers responsible: Lina Van Aerschot & Olli Karsio
  • Course material: research articles and book chapters to be announced (e.g. The Nordic model : Hilson, Mary (2008)  Scandinavia since 1945)
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

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

FAMILIES IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
(5 ECTS) 

The aim of the course is to deepen the understanding about families, family theories, families in health and social care, and family nursing. Additionally the aim is to enhance the competence to apply family theories and research to student’s own focus area in research and practice.

  • NB! Cancelled. Students who registered for this course have been notified.
  • Dates: 7 - 18 August 2017
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: TERHOI9
  • Discipline: Health Sciences
  • Level of studies: intermediate / advanced
  • Learning outcomes: After the course students demonstrate
    • Capacity to understand family as a basic unit in societies and as a client in health and social services
    • Capacity to apply the knowledge of families in different situations in health and social care
    • Capacity to understand family theories and applying them in areas of their own interest
    • Capacity to understand family nursing theories and their applications
    • Capacity to document and communicate information in the perspective of family research and practice
  • Evaluation: TBA
  • Teacher responsible: prof. Marja Kaunonen, prof. Eija Paavilainen, University Lecturer Minna Koskimäki
  • Teaching: Teaching Timetable
  • Course material: TBA
  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

 In questions concerning course content, please contact the teacher Minna Koskimäki: minna.koskimaki(at)uta.fi.