Finnish Society and Culture (SITRY001) is a joint course for the international students of all the universities in the Tampere Region. The course is specially designed for international students who wish to know more about the Finnish society and culture. In 2010, for example, 470 international students took part in this course.
The main purpose is to introduce the students to the society and culture of contemporary Finland and to give them an idea of the history and development of Finland.
Lectures are experts in the fields of e.g. Finnish history, the wellfare state, foreign policy, mass media, information society, technology, innovations, literature, culture, music, art, environmental issues, forestry, business etc. A detailed syllabus of the course will be posted online.
Lectures in Autumn term 2012: On Wednesday evenings, starting September 12th, in University of Tampere.
Please notice! More details of the lectures, signing up etc can be found on course page. Students of UTA can use the electronic sing up system on the course page. Students of TAMK and TUT can sign up by sending e-mail to the contact person: touko.berry(at)uta.fi Send your sign up email by using your university (TAMK or TUT) email, since sometimes emails from gmail, hotmail etc might be regarded as spam.
"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
For example, topics of the lectures in spring 2012 were:
Finnish History - Finns and Finland between East and West
How to communicate in Finland
Finnish Education System
Finnish Environmental Perspectives
Cultural Boundaries of Finnishness and Ethnic Minorities in Finland
Technology and Innovation in Finland: Current Issues and Future Challenges
Special Features of Finnish Mass Media
Finland - Living in and from the Forests
Finland's International Relations and Foreign Policy
Finnish Art History in a Nutshell
History and development of the Finnish language