Opetusohjelma 2021–2022

VIExpert-asiantuntijaopintojen monitieteisessä opetusohjelmassa kootaan yhteen verkoston yliopistojen opetustarjonta kattavaksi kokonaisuudeksi, josta VIExpert-opiskelijat valitsevat oman asiantuntemuksensa kehittämisen kannalta mielekkäät opinnot. Verkoston jäsenyliopistojen opetustarjonnan koordinoinnin lisäksi VIExpert järjestää kesäkoulun, luentokursseja, tutkielmaa tukevan seminaarin ja opintomatkoja.

VIExpert-opiskelijoilla on vapaa pääsy kaikille verkoston tarjoamille kursseille. Kursseille on ilmoittauduttava ennakkoon. Muistathan aina rekisteröidä kurssisi HY:n SisussaOhjeet kurssi-ilmoittautumiselle ja Sisun käytölle löytyvät täältä.

Ilmoittaudu muiden kuin oman yliopistosi ja HY:n kursseille elomakkeella. Syksyn ilmoittautumispäivät ovat:

  • 26.8.2021
  • 30.9.2021 
  • 8.11.2021

Kevään kurssien ilmoittautumispäivät ovat:

  • 21.12.2021
  • 15.2.2022
  • 15.3.2022
  • 11.4.2022.
Kurssin nimi Aikataulu
Autoritäärit Itä-Euroopassa ja Keski-Aasiassa (5 op) (JY, AI) 28.10.–26.11.2021
Baltic Media: evolution of journalism and resilience to disinformation
(5 cr) (UH)
10.9.–22.10.2021 
Comparative Politics in Post-Soviet Eurasia (5 cr) (UH) 8.9.–11.10.2021
Drivers of Development: Change and Continuity in Eastern Europe
(5 cr) (UH)
2.11.–14.12.2021
Fall of Yugoslavia in cinematography (5 cr) (UH) 28.9.–22.11.2021
Global Processes and Flows in Russia (5 cr) (UH) 1.–17.11.2021
Introduction to Ukrainian culture and society (5 cr) (UH) 8.11.–13.12.2021
Johdatus monitieteiseen Venäjä-tutkimukseen (5 op) (HY) 7.9.–21.10.2021
Modern Ukrainian Culture (5 cr) (UH) 2.11.–2.12.2021
Moderni unkarilainen proosa (5 op) (HY) TBC
Norms and Ethics: Russian Government and Global Indicators
of Good Governance (5 cr) (UH)
6.9.–7.10.2021
Political and social transformation in the Balkans after the dissolution of
Yugoslavia (5 cr) (UH)
2.11.–16.12.2021
Political Communication and Media in Russia (5 cr) (TAU, AI) 2.9.–14.10.2021
Political use of hybrid media in Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH) 9.11.–17.12.2021
Reactions and Responces: Diversity and Governance: Civil Society, Religion
and Nationalism (5 cr) (UH)
7.9.–22.10.2021
Resilience and Resistance in Russian and Soviet History
(5 cr) (UH)
 CANCELLED
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Russian Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for Doing Business
(6 cr) (Aalto)
1.11.–8.12.2021
The Cold War, A History through Sports (5 cr) (UH) 7.9.–19.10.2021
The Growth of Populism in Central Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)  8.11.–16.12.2021
The Russian Environmental Imagination (5 cr) (TAU, AI) 29.10–26.11.2021
Unkarin maan- ja kulttuurituntemus (5 op) (HY) 1.11.–15.12.2021
Venäjän historia ja kulttuuri (5 op) (HY) 2.11.–17.12.2021
Viron kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta (5 op) (HY) 7.9.–14.12.2021
Women and Politics in Modern Ukraine (5 cr) (UH) 6.9.–20.10.2021
Ylirajallinen Itämeri kautta aikojen (5 op) (TY, AI) 28.9.–20.12.2021

Autoritäärit Itä-Euroopassa ja Keski-Aasiassa (5 op) (JY, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

28.10.–26.11.2021

28.10.    Johdanto: käsitteistä, koronasta ehkä alueestakin (Heino)  
29.10.    Autoritäärisuus, vapaus ja media (Ari)
4.11.      Muutos, poliittinen kulttuuri ja parlamentit (Heino)
5.11.     Demokratia, oikeusvaltio ja korruptio (Heino)
11.11.     Koti, uskonto ja kultti (Ari)
12.11.   Nykyajan henkilöpalvonta ja menneisyyden glorifiointi (Ari) 
18.11.    Autoritäärien viholliskuvat (Ari)
19.11.    Sosiaalinen media, leimaaminen ja autoritäärit (Ari)
25.11.    Kieli, etniset vähemmistöt ja ulkopolitiikka (Heino)
26.11.    Hyvä johtajuus – onko sellaista? (Heino)

Luennot pidetään klo 10–12 ellei toisin mainita.

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) YTT, dosentti Heino Nyyssönen (TY) & VTL, tietokirjailija Ari Turunen (HY)
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Monitieteinen politiikkaa tarkasteleva kurssi keskittyy itäisen Euroopan ja Keski-Aasian autoritäärisiin johtajiin ja johtajuuteen. Kurssilla korostuvat valtaan, identiteetteihin ja autoritaariseksi populismiksi kutsuttuun ilmiöön liittyvät kysymykset, joita tarkastellaan valtio-opin, kansainvälisen politiikan ja historian näkökulmista.

Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tuntee Itä-Euroopan ja Keski-Aasian maiden erityispiirteitä ja niiden ajankohtaisia ongelmia. Kurssi pohjautuu lehtori ja Kosmopolis-lehden päätoimittaja Heino Nyyssösen Turun yliopistossa kevätlukukaudella 2020 pitämälle ”Itäinen Eurooppa – autoritarismista autoritarismiin?” -luentosarjalle, joka keskittyi historialliseen kaareen maailmansotien välisestä ajasta nykypäivään. Nyt luentosarja hyödyntää sekä klassikkotutkimusta autoritarismista (esim. Michels, Linz) että uusinta tutkimuskirjallisuutta (esim. Körösényi, Nyyssönen). Fokuksena on niin poliittinen hallinto itäisessä Keski-Euroopassa, erityisesti Puolassa ja Unkarissa, kuin laajemmin entisen Neuvostoliiton Keski-Aasian tasavalloissa – Unkarista Kirgisiaan. Näiden lisäksi sivuamme lyhyesti myös Venäjää, Turkkia ja Israelia.

Nyyssösen (TY) lisäksi opettajana on tietokirjailija, VTL Ari Turunen (HY), joka on tutkinut eri kulttuurien maailmankuvia ja käsityksiä toisista. Le Monde Diplomatiquen Suomen edition päätoimittajana työskentelevä Turunen on kirjoittanut 12 kirjaa, joita on käännetty 11 eri kielelle. Viime aikoina Turunen on erikoistunut erityisesti Keski-Aasian tilanteeseen.
Luennot pidetään periodina syksyllä 2021 ja videotallennetaan valtakunnalliseen jakeluun. Suomenkielisen etäkurssin (5op) kuuluvat luennot, oheismateriaali ja kirjoitettava essee tai luentopäiväkirja. Jokaiselle luennolle tutustuttava oheismateriaali ilmoitetaan ennen luentojen alkua. 

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Baltic Media: evolution of journalism and resilience to disinformation (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

10.9.–22.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Litvaitis Dionizas

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Course outline
The course examines three individual but closely related news media ecosystems in the Baltic States.

At first glance, three media ecosystems look unconnected. However, behind the superficial isolation, a surprising regional Baltic news media ecology exists. It can be defined by a similar historical tradition, the shared process of post-soviet transformation and aspiration to effectively counter external disinformation.

The seven lecture course combines the knowledge of three disciplines: media policy, journalism, and international politics. It offers analytical tools for the exploration of the Baltic news media ecology and its evolution within the context of the changing geopolitical situation.

Learning outcomes
The course is designed to improve the analytical abilities to explore the contemporary media landscapes and provide students with up-to-date expertise on the development of the news media in the Baltic region.

The main goal of the course is to teach students to scrutinise the interrelations between the national media ecosystems, the regional public sphere, and foreign affairs. Thus, first of all, students will familiarise themselves with basic theories and concepts defining the complex relationship between media and politics. In the second part of the course, students will explore the most recent developments of the Baltic media market, including the new media policies, digital transformation, and the effects of EU policies on news consumption in the Baltics.

Students are expected to broaden their knowledge on the recent democratic transition of the Baltic states, as well as the past and present links between civil society and the news media. Students will be able to apply analytical models to empirical situations in the Baltics, engage with Baltic as well as Russian, and German intellectual traditions of Baltic research.

Lectures:

  1. News media defining nations
  2. From a propagandist to a journalist
  3. Baltic media ecology: united and incompatible
  4. Media reforms and the Euroatlantic aspirations
  5. Lost between commerce and the mission
  6. Digital journalism and disinformation
  7. Summing up
Lisätietoa / More information
Bachelor level course; link to the course page
 

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Comparative Politics in Post-Soviet Eurasia (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

8.9.–11.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Teramae Mark

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Learning outcomes
My aim is to give students a different framework with which to view an ongoing, controversial, and important political situation, free from media bias. They will learn how to analyze events at the national and subnational levels in addition to the international. They are also expected to actively participate in class discussions as the course is intended to be a two-way dialogue. Questioning fellow students, and me, is encouraged!

Outline
While the events of 2013–14 have come to be known as the Ukraine Crisis, this actual series of crises has numerous precedents in both Ukraine and other former Soviet states. Therefore, a study of the causes and consequences of the Ukrainian scenario also offers an analysis into how other states dealing with similar problems have so far avoided similar outcomes.

By analyzing the Ukraine case, we can find several examples of long-term political issues affecting the wider post-Soviet region. These include the simultaneously conflicting and complimentary roles of formal institutions and informal politics; regime change, or “color revolutions”; the role of Russia and the West in Eurasia; democratization/authoritarianism vs. economic performance; and war, conflict, and non-recognized states. These issues will be explored in comparative perspective using Ukraine and selected post-Soviet states which best demonstrate the diversity of cases within each topic.

This course heavily focuses on the domestic sources of political instability and conflict. In this way, it intentionally strays from the more prevalent US/EU-Russia discourse that tends to ignore the importance of domestic and regional realities. It is based on my dissertation research, personal observations in Ukraine during the Euromaidan protests, as well as prominent research in the field.

Completion
10 online lectures, reading, final essay

Online readings and media selections are supported by online lectures. Class time will also be devoted to discussions, debates, and other activities allowing students to share their ideas verbally. Final work is an essay to be completed using a mix of in-class materials and those which students are expected to find on their own.

Lisätietoa / More information

Link to the course page

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Drivers of Development: Change and Continuity in Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

2.11.–14.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Katalin Miklossy

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

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Fall of Yugoslavia in cinematography (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

28.9.–22.11.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Jan Mus

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Learning outcomes
The students will learn about varieties of perception of fall of Yugoslavia. The course will cover preconditions and consequences of the dissolution from the local and international perspective. Important part of the course will be showing complexity of socio-cultural environment of the Balkan region, and Yugoslavia itself.

Course outline
The course will encompass several movies, which will can be divided into few thematic groups, and so the first one will about the years preceding the war and the war’s preconditions

  1. Prediciting the fall of Yugoslavia by new wave rockers: Top Lista Nadrealista (few episodes such as “languages”, “Sarajevo wall”, “United Nations in Sarajevo”, etc)
  2. Enemy imagined: Border post (Karaula)
  3. Exchange of families: Circus Columbia (Cirkus Columbia)
  4. International community in YU: A perfect day
  5. Who started the war?: No man’s land (Nicija zemlja)
  6. Yugoslavia in flames: Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (Lepa sela, lepo gore)
  7. After the war: Enclave (Enklava)

Such a combination will allow students to familiarise themselves with the relevant issues. It will also provide them with substantial knowledge about the movies that play important role in contemporary culture of the former Yugoslav region. Therefore, except of better understanding of addressed questions, students will gain a helpful socialising tool in the post-Yugoslav area.

Completion
Seven 10–20 minute intros, films, and online discussions (see timetable below), reading, learning diary

Each of the films will be preceded by a 10–20 minutes pre-recorded introduction about the historical, political, and cultural context. Students watch films at their own time before the online discussion. Topics for discussion will be provided in advance.

Intros will be published on Tuesdays starting on 28 September at the course Moodle page. After the intro students have time to watch the film, before the online discussion take place on the following Monday starting from 4 October.

Lisätietoa / More information
Bachelor level course; link to the course page
 

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Norm and Ethics: Russian Government and Global Indicators of Good Governance (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

6.9.–7.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anna-Liisa Heusala
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Orientation to Russian Studies and Methods and Theories for students in Russian Studies Master´s programme.

Student identifies normative and ethical questions that are connected to global challenges. Student is able to relate different disciplinary based approaches to the topic. Student understands multi-/interdisciplinary approach in practice and is able to recognize different disciplinary approaches in the analysis norms and ethics in the context of Russia.

List of required literature can be given in advance. Literature and other materials can be delivered in the course.

Target group
Compulsory for students in Russian Studies Master´s programme. Offered as optional for all students of the University of Helsinki.

Completion methods
Contact teaching; 75 % attendance is required for the entire course.

Contents
This course takes a normative and ethical perspective asking “why?” questions, i.e. why global challenges of resilience and sustainability are imperative for all nations, including Russia.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning
The course will be based on lectures and/or group work. The group work can be organised on the basis of problem-based learning.

Assessment practices and criteria
The assessment of the course is based on participation and/or producing essay(s) and/or learning diary and/or group works. The grading of the course is 0-5.

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Global Processes and Flows in Russia (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

1.11.–17.11.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anna-Liisa Heusala, Katalin Miklossy
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Introduction to Russian Studies (RUS-3010) for students in the Russian Studies programme.

Student identifies global transnational flows that defines Russia in global context. Russia’s pivotal role in some of the natural resource flows, such as oil and gas, is globally contextualized but also the role of Russia as an ecological space affecting global biodiversity and climate. Student recognizes the major theories/approaches and their origins on social mobilization, social movements and civil societies. Student is able to define the key concepts and illustrate how those are typically applied in the civil society/movement literature. Student identifies the issues that tend to mobilize people globally and transnationally and give examples of the ideas/ideologies that travel globally. Student is able to demonstrate the application of some global ideas in the Russian context.

Target group
Compulsory for students in Russian Studies Master´s programme. Offered as optional for all students of the University of Helsinki.

Completion methods
Contact teaching; 75% attendance is required for the entire course.

Contents
This course focuses on “what?” questions, i.e. what global transnational flows and mobilities (of information, people, resources, environmental externalities) are defining Russia’s position vis-à-vis global material and immaterial realities.

Assessment practices and criteria
The assessment of the course is based on participation and/or producing essay(s) and/or a learning diary and/or preparation and presentation/publication of group work. The grading scale for the course is 0–5.

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Introduction to Ukrainian culture and society (5 cr)  (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

8.11.–13.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Arseniy Svynarenko

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

Lisätietoa / More information
Bachelor level course; link to the course page
 

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Johdatus monitieteiseen Venäjä-tutkimukseen (5 op) (HY)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

7.9.–21.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Ilana Hartikainen
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Osaamistavoitteet
Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tunnistaa keskeiset Helsingin yliopistossa ja Aleksanteri-instituutissa edustetut Venäjään liittyvät tutkimusalat. Opiskelija pystyy nimeämään Venäjään liittyvät keskeiset kysymykset ja lähestymistavat. Opiskelija tunnistaa Venäjään liittyvän akateeminen tutkimuksen tuottamia tutkimustuloksia.

Kohderyhmä
Kaikki Helsingin yliopiston kandiopiskelijat.

Toteutus
Suomenkielinen opintojakso voidaan järjestää myös englanninkielisenä osana esimerkiksi UNA Europa -kokonaisuutta, jolloin kysymyksenasettelua voidaan laajentaa ja sisällyttää siihen myös Euraasia ja itäinen Eurooppa näkökulma.

Sisältö
Opintojakso antaa näkökulmia erilaisiin Venäjä-tutkimukseen liittyviin lähestymistapoihin monitieteisessä humanistisesta ja yhteiskuntatieteellisestä näkökulmasta.

Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit
Yleinen asteikko: 0-5.

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Kanditasoinen kurssi; linkki kurssisivulle
 

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Modern Ukrainian Culture (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

2.11.–2.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Nataliya Teramae

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

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Moderni unkarilainen proosa (5 op) (HY)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

TBC

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Magdolna Kovacs
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Opiskelija tuntee unkarilaisen unkarilaisen modernin proosan tyypillisiä piirteitä ja tärkeimpiä teoksia tai keskittyy yhteen tai muutamaan kirjailijaan. Opiskelija osaa analysoida kauden teoksia.

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Political and social transformation in the Balkans after the dissolution of Yugoslavia (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

2.11.–16.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Marina Vulovic

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content  
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Political Communication and Media in Russia (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

2.9.–14.10.2021, Thursdays at 13–16

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Katja Lehtisaari, Salla Nazarenko, Marina Galkina

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

General description
The course aims to give the students an overview and understanding on political communication and media in Russia today, and analytical skills to discuss these.
This lecture course is funded by Russia and Eastern Europe Studies (REES) network. The course is organized by Tampere University.

Learning outcomes
The objective of the course is to expand students’ knowledge about political communication Russia in the framework of media studies. The students are expected to learn the key aspects of mediated political communication and be able to use this knowledge as a framework for area analysis as well as have analytical skills to discuss about current developments.

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Political use of hybrid media in Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

9.11.–17.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Zea Szebeni

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

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Reactions and Responces: Diversity and Governance: Civil Society, Religion and Nationalism (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

7.9.–22.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Kaarina Aitamurto, Anna Tarasenko
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

The online course introduces students to the state-society relations in Russia through the lens of governance approach in relation to civil society, religion and nationalism.

The course gives an overview of the history, the main agents and institutions in Russia. In addition, the classes offer a brief comparative introduction to the theoretical models and discussions in these fields.

Learning goals

  1. Students are able to explain the central features of the state-society relationship in contemporary Russia.
  2. Students are able to differentiate and critically evaluate different theoretical approaches and their origins to civil society, nationalism and religion.
  3. Students are able identify central institutions and agents in the field and define the key concepts.
  4. Students are able to illustrate how the above-mentioned frameworks and concepts are applied to discussions in and about Russia.
  5. Students acquire skills for critical scholarly thinking and argumentation.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning
The delivery of the course consists of ten lectures, learning diary (ca. 1 500 words) and a group work on some group, or phenomenon in the fields of civil society, nationalism or religion in Russia. Lectures will not be limited to a monologue of a lecturer but group discussions aim to encourage students to apply their knowledge during the debate and shape their own opinion on issues at stake. Learning diary will enable students to reflect on the learning process. Students will be encouraged to formulate their opinion on questions raised in the class, not only technical observation of the course logic, in their learning diaries.

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Resilience and Resistance in Russian and Soviet History (5 cr) (UH) CANCELLED

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

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Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Arto Luukkanen
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

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Russian Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for Doing Business (6 cr) (Aalto)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

II period Lecture: 1.11.–8.12.2021
Classroom: Otakaari 1 / U141 (U3) (the course will be held online)

Mon 01.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 03.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
 
Mon 08.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 10.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
 
Mon 15.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 17.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
 
Mon 22.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 24.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
 
Mon 29.11.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 01.12.21 10:15-12:00[34]
 
Tue 07.12.21 10:15-12:00[34]
Wed 08.12.21 10:15-12:00[34]

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Svetlana Ledyaeva

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

The course provides an introduction to the Russian economy. We will begin with the insight into economic history of Russia from Tsar Period (starting from Peter the Great) and proceed to the years of transition from Soviet to market economy. We then progress to the discussion of current issues of the economic development of Russia. These issues include economic geography of Russia, Russian financial system, sectorial analysis of the Russian economy, international economic relations of Russia with the rest of the World and some others. Special attention will be given to the current situation in Russia, i.e. Russian economy under sanctions. This will include such issues as the economic and political causes of Russia-Ukraine crisis, Western sanctions on Russia and countersanctions of Russia, the consequences of sanctions for Russia, its main partners and global economy in general.

Students will augment their understanding and knowledge of the Russian economy. The focus of the course is on general structure of the Russian economy, main principles of its functioning and its place and role in the world economy.

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The Cold War, A History through Sports (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

7.9.–19.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Brendan Humphreys

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Learning outcomes
Students will learn about the huge ideological rivalry that dominated world politics for the latter half of the 20th century. On another level, they will undertake a detached, sociological examination of sport – a form of mere entertainment that nonetheless captures the passions and allegiance of billions of people, and is a driver for huge global institutions, infrastructures, and budgets.

Outline
This course is a fresh approach to the Cold War, a colourful combination of sporting and political history, and illustration of how the two overlapped. The Cold War was a polarising ideological rivalry, as well as a series of proxy wars and military standoffs. Various international sporting arenas provided a highly visible war-by-other-means in which competing ‘systems’ could claim superiority. This course will offer political history as told via defection and doping, boycotts, and assassination.

There will be seven lectures, with discussion and interactivity, plus film and video materials.

Individual lectures:

  1. Sport and society, professionalism, amateurism, and ideology
  2. The Cold War: nuclear terror with offside rules
  3. 1956: two invasions and a water polo battle
  4. Munich: the massacre and the basketball game
  5. Gymnasts and giants: doping and social engineering
  6. Superpowers politics: boycotts and invasions
  7. 88/89: Endgames. Korean Olympics and the Romanian Revolution

Completion
Seven online lectures, reading, essay

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The Growth of Populism in Central Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

8.11.–16.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Ilana Hartikainen

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

 

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The Russian Environmental Imagination (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

October 29–November 26
Contact teaching (15 hours, in Zoom):
Fri 29 Oct, 2021: 10–13, Lecture 1: Introduction to the course and environmental imagination
Fri 05 Nov, 2021:  10–13, Lecture 2: Environmental history and history of environmentalism in Russia
Fri 12 Nov, 2021: 10–13, Lecture 3: Ecocriticism
Fri 19 Nov, 2021:  10–13, Lecture 4: Cultural representations of the Russian environment
Fri 26 Nov, 2021: 10–13, Lecture 5: Water, the Russian North, indigenous Russia and the environment

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Mika Perkiömäki 

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

General description
There will be five online lectures in Zoom. In Lecture 1, the students will be introduced to the general field of environmental humanities and the significance of nature for the Russian national identity. Lecture 2 gives an historical overview of environmental issues and reactions to them in Russia. Lecture 3 presents the recommended theoretical and methodological base of the course work by giving the students the ecocritical tools needed to conduct a small study on the field of Russian environmental imagination. Lecture 4 focuses on a historical review of cultural representations of the Russian environment. Lecture 5 samples three different possibilities of ecocritical study of Russian culture: water, North and indigenous communities.

The students will be given reading tasks (or similar) before the lectures, and 30–40% of each lecture will be devoted to class discussions on these topics. Each student will have an opportunity to initialize one of the discussions by a small presentation prior the discussion. Ideally, these preparations will be done in groups of 2–4, but if the number of students is small, they will be done individually. The discussions are an important part of the course, and participation in them is mandatory. All the needed material will be distributed on the course Moodle area, including the lecture slides.
After the lectures, students will have time to prepare an individual essay on a topic related to the course theme and agreed on with the teacher. The essay may be an ecocritical reading of a literary, cinematic or other cultural work, or it may be a case study on one of the lecture topics. The essays are returned in Moodle, where the essays are double blind peer-assessed by two other students.

This lecture course is funded by Russia and Eastern Europe Studies (REES) network. The course is organized by Tampere University.

Learning outcomes
After completing the course the student…
- knows the main development of environmental history of Russia and can reflect environmental texts in relation to it;
- has a general understanding of the ways how representations of nature and Russian national identity intertwine;
- understands the formation of complexities and multiple perspectives concerning environmental issues in the Soviet Union;
- can outline environmental imagination in the Russian culture from the perspectives of water, the Russian North and indigenous peoples of Russia;
- is able to conduct a small ecocritical study;
- has practiced skills in collaborative work, online presentation, and peer assessment
 

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Unkarin maan- ja kulttuurituntemus (5 op) (HY)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

1.11.–15.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Magdolna Kovacs
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Suoritettuasi opintojakson hallitset Unkarin maantuntemuksen perustiedot ja omaksut unkarin kielen ja kulttuurin eri osa-alueiden keskeisimpiä kohtia.

Unkarin maantuntemuksen perustiedot sijoitamme itäisen Keski-Euroopan kontekstiin. Unkarin maantuntemuksen keskeisimmistä asioista nostamme esille mm. seuraavat: Unkarin maantieteelliset alueet, historia ja nykyaika, unkarin kieli menneisyydessä ja nykyään, unkarilaisen kulttuurin tärkeimpiä tekijöitä. Opiskelijana osallistut aktiivisesti perustietojen hankkimiseen mm. laatimalla pieniä Unkari-aiheisia esitelmiä.

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Kanditasoinen kurssi; linkki kurssisivulle
 

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Venäjän historia ja kulttuuri (5 op) (HY)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

2.11.–17.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Ira Jänis-Isokangas, Sari Autio-Sarasmo
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Osaamistavoitteet
Opintojakson suoritettuaan opiskelija tunnistaa Venäjän historiaan liittyviä keskeisiä kehityskulkuja ja niitä avaavia käsitteitä. Opiskelija hahmottaa historialliseen kehitykseen liittyviä syy-seuraussuhteita ja ymmärtää käsitteiden merkityksen menneisyyden tulkinnoissa ja analyysissä. Opintojakson painotus voi vaihdella riippuen kurssin näkökulmasta.

Sisältö
Opintojakso keskittyy Venäjän historian keskeisiin kehityskulkuihin sekä niihin linkittyneisiin kulttuurihistoriallisiin erityispiirteisiin.

Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit
Yleinen asteikko: 0-5.

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Kanditasoinen kurssi; linkki kurssisivulle
 

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Viron kulttuuri ja yhteiskunta (5 op) (HY)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

7.9.–14.12.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Osaamistavoitteet
Opintojakson jälkeen opiskelijalla on perustiedot Viron tasavallan rakenteesta ja sen poliittisen kentän toimimisestä. Opiskelija tuntee Viron maantiedon, tärkeimmät kaupungit ja maakunnat. Opiskelijalla on perustiedot Viron historian isommista vaiheista. Opiskelija osaa vertailla nykyviron kulttuurin yleisluonnetta suomalaisen kulttuuriin ja osaa yleistää ja tulkita joitakin virolaisen nykykulttuurin ilmiöitä.

Sisältö
Opintojaksossa tutustutaan Viron maantieteeseen, kaupunkeihin, poliittiseen ja sivistys/koulujärjestelmään, sekä taiteisiin ja arkikulttuuriin. Analysoidaan suomalaisen ja virolaisen tapakulttuuri eroavuuksia; keskustellaan viron arkikulttuurin ilmiöistä ja tavoista.

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Women and Politics in Modern Ukraine (5 cr) (UH)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

6.9.–20.10.2021

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Melanie Mierzejewski

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Learning outcomes
Using the case study of Ukraine, this course provides students an overview of some of the key issues regarding gender and politics in the former Soviet space. It will also equip students with the theoretical knowledge necessary to analyze feminism as both a theory and a movement in different Eastern European states.

Outline
The fall of communism in Ukraine created an opportunity for democratic development and the adoption of key democratic principles such as the protection of human rights and gender equality. However, while Ukraine has exhibited a formal commitment to the promotion of women’s rights, implementation of such policies that would fight gender stereotypes and discrimination as well as provide for equal representation in politics and economic opportunities, has been weak. This course tackles understanding gender roles in contemporary Ukraine by analyzing a number of influencing factors, such as Soviet legacy, national identity formation, and gender awareness.

Session 1. Introduction to the course; Feminism in Eastern Europe: the significance of gender relations on social and institutional transformations

Session 2. Women in 1990s Ukraine: Family policy vs. nation building.

Session 3. Ukraine post-2004 Orange Revolution: exploring demographic policies and women’s activism

Session 4. Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko - a feminist outlier?

Session 5. The role of women in the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the war with Russia

Session 6. Gender quotas: a quick yet ineffective solution to the problem of under representation

Session 7. Grass-roots feminist groups in Eastern Europe: FEMEN and the Pussy Riot

Session 8. Feedback and guidance on essay topics

Completion
Eight online lectures, weekly reading, final essay

Students will be assigned a weekly reading to be completed prior to each seminar along with questions that will help them engage with the material. Following a short lecture, there will be a discussion where questions and debate are encouraged. Active student participation is mandatory. The final work will be an essay which should utilize in-class readings and outside sources. Evaluation will be based on participation and the essay, with both receiving equal weight.

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Bachelor level course; link to the course pages
 

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Ylirajallinen Itämeri kautta aikojen (5 op) (TY, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

28.9.–20.12.2021, Moodle

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Andrei Kalinitchev, FT 
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Kurssilla perehdytään Itämeren historiaan ja muuttoliikkeisiin, se keskittyy Luoteis-Venäjän, Baltian, Karjalan ja Suomen historiaan. Aihetta pohditaan kokonaisuutena. Kurssi on maiden historiaa vertaileva ja monitieteinen, ja Itämeren alueet yhdistyvät temaattisesti. Tarkastelu alkaa varhaisista ajoista 2000-luvulle. 

Aiheina ovat mm. rajojen kehitys ja kansojen kuuluminen eri valtioihin, jolloin muuttojen suunnat Itämeren kansojen piirissä vaihtuivat. Kurssilla tutustutaan etnisten ryhmien ylirajallisiin yhteyksiin ja niiden vuorovaikutukseen eritasoisissa yhteisöissä. Myös opitaan kielellisen ja uskonnollisen yhteisöllisyyden merkitystä, perehdytään yhteisöllisyyteen muuttoliikkeen avustavana tekijänä käyttäen monitieteistä lähestymistapaa. Pietarin kaupungin perustaminen oli tässä yhteydessä tulomuuton merkittävä vetonaula idästä ja lännestä suuntautuvan muuttoliikkeen kannalta 1700-luvulta lähtien. 

1900-luvulla Itämeren maiden sisäinen tilanne ja koko alueen poliittiset jännitteet johtivat useampiin kansainvälisiin ja paikallisiin konflikteihin, jotka synnyttivät myös ylirajallista liikkuvuutta. Kurssilla seurataan myös Itämeren kansainvälistä muuttoliikettä edellisinä vuosikymmeninä.

Kurssiin liittyy erilaisia tehtäviä, itsenäistä opiskelua, opetusmateriaalien lukemista ja ideointia. Opiskelijat tekevät yhteiset tehtävät ja kirjoittavat vapaavalinnaiset esseet kurssin aihepiiristä, muita tenttejä kurssilla ei ole. Kurssi kokonaisuudessa suoritetaan itsenäisesti Moodlessa, tehtävien aikataulu on joustava eräpäivään asti. 

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Ilmoittaudu kurssin sivujen kautta ja valitse joko Aleksanteri-instituutti tai VIExpert-maisterikoulu https://verkko-opetus.utu.fi/semester/displaycourse/48/133
 

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Contemporary Environmental Issues in the Russian Arctic (5 cr) (UH, AI) 15.–19.11.2021
Populism in East Central Europe (5 cr) (UEF, AI) 27.9.–1.10.2021

Contemporary Environmental Issues in the Russian Arctic (5 cr) (UH, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

15.–19.11.2021, 9.15am–15.45pm, in an online format

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sohvi Kangasluoma, Karoliina Hurri, Elena Gorbacheva and Francesco Durante (PhD students in the Aleksanteri Institute, UH)
Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Content 
The course Contemporary Environmental Issues in the Russian Arctic will provide students with up-to-date knowledge about the Russian Arctic. The course will contextualize the Russian Arctic within the wider Arctic and focus on the contemporary issues within the Russian North. The Russian Arctic has changed from being a periphery to a region dominated by oil and gas. Climate  change affects the Arctic part of Russia more severely than other parts, which is also connected to the opening of the Northern Sea Route. Offering a multidisciplinary approach on current issues, the course is tackling the complexities of energy, climate change and societal changes in the Russian Arctic 

The course consists of 25 contact hours (12,5 lectures) focusing on different features of the Russian Arctic. The course is held by Sohvi Kangasluoma, Karoliina Hurri, Elena Gorbacheva and Francesco Durante (all PhD students in the Aleksanteri Institute, UH). Prior to each lecture, a list of relevant reading will be distributed to the students and discussed in the beginning of the lectures. On the last day students will participate in a role play related to the topics discussed during the course. Additional assignments include learning diary (1-2 pages per day) and group work (a blog post that will be published in a research blog). 

Learning goals
This intensive course aims to achieve following learning outcomes:
-the course will build students’ understanding of Arctic as a heterogeneous region
-it will develop students’ ability to identify and discuss the contemporary environmental issues particularly from the perspective of different Russian Arctic regions 
-students will be able to analyze the complexities of environmental questions in the Russian Arctic from institutional, economic, societal, (geo)political and security perspective
-the course aims at building a picture of the network of actors in the Russian Arctic and discusses the international cooperation in the region
-after the course, students will have an ability to evaluate possible scenarios for the Arctic particularly from the perspective of climate change 

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Populism in East Central Europe (5 cr) (UEF, AI)

Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

27.9.2021–1.10.2021
Contact/Hybrid

Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

Dr. Dawid Bunikowsk, Senior Lecturer, State University of Applied Sciences in Wloclawek, Poland & Pieter Dhondt functions as the coordinator of the course

Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

Learning outcomes
In result of the course the student should understand the process of the erosion of the rule of law and liberal constitutionalism in East Central Europe as well as know the phenomenon reasons, trajectories and challenges. Moreover, the student should perceive wider - both historical and philosophical- political/social - contexts of the erosion of the rule of law and liberal constitutionalism.

Content
This cross-disciplinary course will examine the erosion of the rule of law and liberal constitutionalism in East Central Europe, with special reference to Poland and Hungary, since respectively, 2015 and 2010. This is not only to acquaint the student with constitutional or political theories and phenomena, but also to focus on case studies and, especially, historical perspectives.

Lectures
I. Introduction to the weakening of liberal constitutionalism and the rule of law in Hungary and Poland during the last few years. The difference of the East: Poland and Hungary in search of prestige.
II. History of populism (from Aristotle's ancient Athens to the 19th-century US).
III. History of the rule of law in Poland since the Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth.
IV. History of constitutionalism in East Central Europe.
V. History of Hungarian politics since the 19th century till the 1980s. Lacking rule of law in the lawyers’ regime: Hungary after 2010.
VI. The constitutional crisis in Poland in 2015-2020. Schmittian questions and Kaczyński’s political and legal philosophy.
VII. Populist foundations of illiberalism in Hungary. Constitutional memory in Poland, Hungary and beyond.
VIII. Remarks on the EU’s action on the erosion of the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.

Modes of study
The course includes 16 hours of lectures. To pass the course, the student must: (i) actively participate in the lectures by discussing texts read in advance (20 % of the final grade), and (ii) write an essay of 12-15 pages (80%), using the publication and the extra materials given by the lecturer. The language of the course (lectures, materials, discussions, exam, and essay) is English.

Teacher
The course is taught by Dr. Dawid Bunikowski (dawid.bunikowski@uef.fi) Senior Lecturer, State University of Applied Sciences in Wloclawek, Poland / Visiting Scholar, UEF, Philosophical Faculty, School of Theology. Pieter Dhondt functions as the coordinator of the course.

Further information
The course is funded by Aleksanteri Institute (Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies, ExpREES)

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    An Alternative Russia: Citizens, non-state activism and the Russian state
    (5 cr) (UEF)
    7.9.–20.10.2021
    Business in the Baltic Sea Region (6 cr) (UTU)   25.10.–5.12.2021

    An Alternative Russia: Citizens, non-state activism and the Russian state (5 cr) (UEF)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    7.9.–20.10.2021
    Lectures 22 hrs (Note: No lecture on 7.10.)
    On Tue 14–16 & Thu 14–16 (M304) 
    Group presentations : Wed 20.10.12-16 (M304)
    Contact with the option of streaming if needed

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer (HiMa) and Dr Joni Virkkunen (KTL)
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Learning Outcomes 
    This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of Russian society, looking beyond official discourses at individual groups and movements and the ways that they engage with, adapt to, or challenge their state structures. By the end of the course, students will be able to better contextualise Russian official and foreign media representations of the country. This will, thus, improve students’ understanding of the Russian state and society in contemporary Europe.  

    Content 
    The image of Russia portrayed by the Western media is usually that of a gigantic monolith that for the past 20 years has been dominated by the current president, Vladimir Putin, and his circle of oligarchs and political supporters. However, Russian society is as diverse and multi-layered as it is vast and, as a result of the efforts of many ordinary citizens and organisations, it also is developing rapidly. While some of these individuals or activists are opposed to the current regime in Moscow, many others are simply attempting to cope or make a positive impact on their lives and local environment. To see beyond the headlines and stereotypes, this course asks: what is the ‘alternative’ to the media images of Russia? Thus, the course examines Russia and Russian society through activists, civic groups, and local non-governmental organisations and networks, including online media, ethnic associations, small entrepreneurs, local environmentalists, gender and sexual minority activists, and other ‘alternative’ actors.  

    Modes of Study 
    Lectures (22 hours) and a group presentation (60%) and a final written report based on the group presentation (40%) comprises the 5 credits. Regular attendance is required. 

    Study Materials 
    A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course and readings made available online. 

    Evaluation Criteria 
    For the above-stated study mode, students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge and will be evaluated 0-5.  

    Participation 
    The course will be offered for students in major, minor and students of continuous learning 

    Campus information: Joensuu 

    The language of instruction is English, though the written assignment may be submitted in Finnish. 

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    Business in the Baltic Sea Region (6 cr) (UTU)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    25.10.–5.12.2021

    TUE 26.10.2021 14:15–16:00 OP-sali, TSE OP-sali
    THU 28.10.2021 14:15–16:00 OP-sali, TSE OP-sali
    TUE  02.11.2021 14:15–16:00 OP-sali, TSE OP-sali
    THU 04.11.2021 14:15–16:00 OP-sali, TSE OP-sali
    TUE 09.11.2021 14:15–16:00 OP-sali, TSE OP-sali

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)

    Kari Liuhto

    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content
    The Baltic Sea Region accounts for approximately five percent of the global economy and it is one of the most dynamic regions in the whole world. Moreover, this region covers nearly a half of Finland's foreign trade and foreign investment. The course provides a student with a comprehensive picture of the macroeconomic situation and the business development in the Baltic Sea Region. Several top level visiting lecturers, representing business, state administration and the Academia, guarantee that a student receives the most up-to-date information on their field of expertise. In addition to lectures, the course contains an analytical case study (a course work) conducted by a student.
     
    After completing the course, a student is able to evaluate independently business opportunities the region offers and assess the future development of the Baltic Sea Region.
     
    The final grade of the course is based on the exam (40%), the course work (40%), and active participation in the lectures (20%). A student is obliged to attend at least (50%) of the lectures.
     
    Lectures 24 h; lectures 4h/week (Liuhto + guest lecturers). The course is organised on period II.
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    Applying Discourse Analysis to Contemporary Russian Society and Culture:
    Methodology and Case Studies (5 cr) (JYU, AI)
    11.3.–8.4.2022
    Contemporary Russian Cinema 1990-2020 (5 cr) (TAU, AI) 10.3.–5.5.2022
    Cultural production and consumption in contemporary Russia
    (5 cr) (HY, AI)
    28.1.–4.3.2022
    Inheriting History? Culture, Revolutions and Politics-- the case of Ukraine
    (5 cr) (UH)
    III period
    Modern economic history of Eastern Europe and Russia (5 cr) (UH) III–IV period
    Nuorten toimijuus ja sen kulttuuriset muodot Venäjällä (5 op) (ISY, AI) 26.4.–19.5.2022
    Political Language and International Relations in Russia and
    Eastern Europe (5 cr) (TAU, AI)
    10.1.–27.2.2022
    Political Protest in Central and Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH) III–IV period
    Post-Soviet Public Health (5 cr) (UEF, AI) 28.3.–10.5.2022
    Russian Christianity: history, ideology, culture (5 cr) (UH, AI) IV period
    Siperia Venäjän menneisyydessä ja nykyisyydessä (5 op) (HY, AI) 14.3.–8.5.2022
    Social Policy in Post-Soviet Countries: Societal Challenges and
    Political Implications (5 cr) (HSE, AI)
    12.1.–13.4.2022
    The Jewish Women’s Writing: Herstorical, Identity and Gender Perspectives
    (5 cr) (UH)
    IV period 
    Ukrainian nation and state from Perestroika to present day (5 cr) (TAU, AI) 7.3.2022–31.5.2022
    Venäjän pohjoinen kirjallisuus (5 op) (HY, AI) III–IV periodi

    Applying Discourse Analysis to Contemporary Russian Society and Culture: Methodology and Case Studies (5 cr) (JYU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    15 hrs via ZOOM, 11.3.–8.4.2022:
    March 11th at 10–13
    March 18th at 10–13
    March 25th at 10–13
    April 1st at 10–13
    April 8th at 10–13

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Tatiana Romashko
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    his course has two learning aims. First, it introduces and evaluates a variety of approaches to a discourse theory and its methodological steps when applying to an analysis of social norms, practices and attitudes in today’s Russia. In particular, the course clarifies key concepts of post-structuralism such as hegemony, discourse, subject position, the logic of equivalence and difference. By probing their value for ideological critique, the course explores the practicality of these analytical categories in relation to selected case studies in the sphere of branding, advertisement, fashion, public movements and on-line firestorms.

    Second, the course suggests a useful set of analytical tools for examining a changing political and cultural situation in Russia, especially focusing on such phenomena as the rise of neo-conservatism, nationalism, populism, and widespread acceleration of social antagonisms over such sensitive issues as religion, gender, morality and values. For this purpose, together with students, we will explore the efficiency of this analytical framework through various case studies. In doing so, students will examine the current trends of cultural production in Russia that might be split into two general tendencies of 1) state-approved/ state-sanctioned/ official and 2) counter-/ subversive/ oppositional cultural phenomena. Potential topics of case studies for seminars and workshops outlined but not limited to:

    1. Social antagonism over high-brow/classical/traditional and low-brow/popular/modern culture, e.g., the case study of the public attitude towards controversial films (Leviathan, 2014; Matilda, 2017; The Death of Stalin, 2017); provocative events/performative and visual arts (e.g., Art group {rodina} ({motherland}); Pussy Riot); theatre performances/ museum expositions of modern arts (Jan Fabre's Exhibition at the Hermitage, 2016).
    2. The rise of patriotism, e.g., Immortal Regiment movement/ Victory Parade/ Night Wolves biker club tours as state-approved cultural festivals; patriotic consumption in the fashion industry (together with Dr Olga Gurova).
    3. The fight over the public space: city brand-building and street art in St. Petersburg. (A reflection on Russian creative industries: perspectives and obstacles).
    4. Contradictions of gender identities in the Russian music industry and global branding campaigns in the national market.

    Learning outcomes
    After completing this course, students will have a good understanding of methodology and concrete steps of poststructuralist discourse analysis to contribute to an understanding of the phenomena of cultural production in contemporary Russia; the ability to engage critically with the basic concepts and logics of post-structural discourse theory; the capacity to propose steps of discourse analysis in Russian studies and initiate independent research from a discourse theory perspective. 

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    Contemporary Russian Cinema 1990-2020 (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    Online teaching 10.3.–5.5.2022:
    THU 10.3. at 9–12
    THU 24.3. at 9–12
    THU 7.4. at 9–12
    THU 21.4. at 9–12
    THU 5.5. at 9–12.

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Ira Österberg 
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Course description 
     The online course will introduce the students to contemporary Russian cinema, by exploring the state of the Russian film industry, production mechanisms, film policy and the most quintessential trends and genres of the past three decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

    The course is organised via Zoom. Language of the course is English, no Russian skills required. 

    This lecture course is funded by Russia and Eastern Europe Studies (REES) network. The course is organized by Tampere University.
     
    Learning goals 
     After participating in the course, the students will be able to  

    • Identify key periods, trends and actors (stakeholders) in contemporary Russian cinema, describe their essential features and trace their development between 1990-2020 
    • Compare differences between state-led and market-based film industries 
    • Relate the characteristics of Russian contemporary cinema to global trends in film production 
    • Analyze key films of the era and relate them to the larger development of the industry 
    • Reflect upon cinema and films not just through their content but also through their production environment 

     
    Work required 
     
    In order to complete the course the student is required to… 

    • Participate in the contact sessions and their activities (15 hours) 
    • Write and submit a pre-assignment and four learning diary entries (1-2 pages) in between the sessions 
    • Give feedback and comment on peers’ learning diaries  
    • Read 4 articles 
    • Watch 8 Russian films 
    • Submit a final essay at the end of the course (4–5 pages) 
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    Cultural production and consumption in contemporary Russia (5 cr) (HY, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    28.1.–4.3.2022, online

    January  28, 2022, 10.00–14.00
    Session 1 ‘How to study cultural industries’
    Introduction to the course (Ira Österberg)
    Lecture “Cultural industries: theoretical framework and key concepts” (Olga Dovbysh)
    February 4, 2022, 10.00–14.00 
    Session 2 ‘Cultural policy’
    Lecture “Ideologies and Politics of Russian state cultural policy: from Lenin to Putin” (Tatiana Romashko)
    Reflection session “(De)politicisation of cultural consumption in Russia” (TBA)
    February 11, 2022, 10.00–14.00
    Session 3 ‘Cultural production’
    Lecture “Film production in Russia 1990–2020” (Ira Österberg)
    Lecture “Cultural employment and creative labour in contemporary Russia” (Margarita Kuleva)
    February 18, 2022, 10.00–14.00
    Session 4 ‘Cultural consumption’
    Lecture “Algorithms and AI of digital cultural consumption” (TBA)
    Reflection session “Digitalisation and platformisation of cultural industries in Russia’ (Olga Dovbysh & Katja Lehtisaari)
    March 4, 2022, 10.00–14.00
    Session 5 ‘Group task’
    Final assignment presentation and discussion (Ira Österberg & Olga Dovbysh)
    Feedback session (Ira Österberg & Olga Dovbysh)

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Olga Dovbysh, Ira Österberg
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Content
    The course studies current challenges and perspectives of cultural production and consumption in ever changing technological environment. Simultaneously, the course places these questions into the peculiar political and socio-economic contexts of Russia. To grasp this two-fold transformation, this course brings together experts in Russian studies and cultural industries to examine how cultural goods and their production, distribution and consumption are reconfiguring under digitalization and how they develop in Russia.  
    While the lectures concentrate on Russia as their case study, students will be invited to reflect on how digitalisation is affecting cultural industries in other countries, and how the (dis)similarities in these processes can be explained, throughout the duration of the course.
    The course is suitable for all students interested in Russian studies, cultural studies, cultural economy studies, and digital media and internet studies.
    This course proposal was reworked and updated on the basis of feedback from teachers and students after its initial version, which was given as course ‘Cultural Industries & Russia’ at Tampere University in 2020/21 academic year.

    Learning outcomes
    After the course, the students will be able to:

    1. recognize analytical approaches and apparatus to study cultural production and consumption
    2. 2interpret processes and phenomena of cultural industries analysed in the course.
    3. apply gained approaches and apparatus for further study of cultural production and consumption in Russia and beyond.
    4. use inquiry-based learning skills and collaborative study methods for group work and research.
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    Inheriting History? Culture, Revolutions and Politics-- the case of Ukraine (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anna Kutkina
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Modern economic history of Eastern Europe and Russia (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III–IV period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Viktor Pál
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Nuorten toimijuus ja sen kulttuuriset muodot Venäjällä (5 op) (ISY, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    Aikataulu 26.4.–19.5.2022
    26.4. klo 14.15–15.45
    28.4. klo 14.15–15.45
    3.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    5.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    10.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    12.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    17.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    19.5. klo 14.15–15.45
    Loppuesseen palautus 15.6.2022.

    Kurssi toteutetaan etäopetuksena Zoomin ja Moodlen avulla.

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Vastuuopettaja: Pauliina Lukinmaa
    Luennoitsijat: Pauliina Lukinmaa, Marja Sorvari, Saara Ratilainen, Masha Godovannaja ja Margarita Kuleva
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Kurssiteksti ja kurssin sisältö
    Kurssin aikana opiskelijat tutustuvat nuorisotutkimuksen metodologiaan, ajankohtaisiin teemoihin ja käsitteisiin sekä syventävät ymmärrystään nuorten kulttuurisen toiminnan muodoista Venäjällä. Opiskelijat tutustuvat kurssilla aiheeseen liittyviin tieteellisiin julkaisuihin, mediarepresentaatioihin ja keskusteluihin. Kurssilla keskustellaan, pohditaan ja tulkitaan monipuolisin esimerkein nuorten toimijuutta, sen kulttuurisia muotoja ja yhteiskunnallisia merkityksiä Venäjällä.

    Kulttuurilla tarkoitetaan tämän kurssin puitteissa ja venäjänkieliseen yhteiskuntaan keskittyen ajallisesti muuttuvia tendenssejä, joita ilmentää monivaiheisuus ja moni-ilmeisyys; Uudet kulttuuri-ilmiöt syntyvät suhteessa historiaan ja nostavat pintaan jo unohdettuja tendenssejä; Konservatiivisuus ja radikaalius vaihtelevat jatkuvan määrittelyn alaisina; Symbolisesti tiheät kulttuuriset merkitykset purkautuvat usein metaforisesti ja implisiittisesti, vaatien kuluttajiltaan aktiivista ja kriittistä otetta.

    Kurssi koostuu kahdeksasta kahden akateemisen tunnin mittaisesta temaattisesta Zoom-luennosta sekä niihin liittyvistä materiaaleista ja tehtävistä. Margarita Kuleva ja Masha Godovannaja pitävät luentonsa englannin kielellä. Kurssilla on Moodle-alusta kurssimateriaaleja, luentotehtäviä ja keskusteluja varten.

    Osaamistavoitteet
    Kurssin suoritettuaan opiskelija

    • tuntee nuorten kulttuurisen toimijuuden ominaispiirteitä venäläisessä kontekstissa
    • tunnistaa nuorten toimijuuden tyypillisiä ja ajassa muuttuvia elementtejä Venäjällä
    • kykenee tulkitsemaan ja vertaamaan nuorten toimijuuden muotoja muihin konteksteihin ja toimijoihin

    Suoritusohjeet
    Opiskelija osallistuu aktiivisesti luennoille ja tutustuu jokaiselle luennolle koostettuun ennakkomateriaaliin (lukemisto tai visuaalinen aineisto) etukäteen. Kurssilla suoritetaan luentotehtäviä ryhmissä. Kurssin lopuksi opiskelija kirjoittaa valitsemastaan näkökulmasta kurssin teemaan liittyvän ja tutkimuskirjallisuuteen pohjaavan yksilöesseen (8–10 sivua ja bibliografia). Kurssin vastuuopettaja on koonnut Moodleen monipuolista tutkimuskirjallisuutta esseetä silmällä pitäen. Kurssin arvosana koostuu luento-osallistumisesta, kurssitehtävistä ja esseestä.

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    Political Language and International Relations in Russia and Eastern Europe (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    10.1.–27.2.2022, online

    Period III, once a week (Tuesday), 18–20, 7 sessions

    11, 18, 25 January
    1, 8, 15, 22 February

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Lina Klymenko
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Course content
    How does the Russian political leadership narrate the country’s experience in World War II?  How is this narrative used in Russia’s policy towards the EU? How is Europe framed in Russia’s political discourse? To answer these questions, we will explore the use of language in foreign policy making and international politics. We will take the case studies of Russia and Eastern European countries and discuss several interpretive approaches of how to analyze political language. This encompasses the study of narrative, frame, and metaphor. The course has been funded by the REES (Russian and Eastern European Studies) network administered by the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki. 

    Learning outcomes
    We will create a learning environment in which the students will develop the following knowledge and skills:
    - analyze theoretical concepts common in the social sciences, and use them to critically evaluate the political development in Eastern Europe
    - learn social sciences methodologies and methods to complete academic research assignments
    - acquire communication techniques to create an in-group connection and an engaging classroom culture

    Key words
    Political language, international relations, Eastern Europe
     

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    Political Protest in Central and Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III–IV period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Julia Gerlach
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Post-Soviet Public Health (5 cr) (UEF, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    28.3.–10.5.2022
    Lectures online via Zoom:
    Mon 28.3.2022 at 9–11
    Wed 30.3.2022 at 9–11 
    Thu 7.4.2022 at 14–16 
    Tue 12.4.2022 at 10–12
    Wed 27.4.2022 at 14–16
    Thu 28.4.2022 at 12–14
    Tue 2.5.2022–Tue 10.5.2022 (Online discussion forum)

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Course Leader: Professor Jussi Kauhanen, MD, MPH, PhD
    Coordinator: Mari Aalto, mari.aalto@uef.fi
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Learning outcomes
    The general aim of this course is to examine the public health aftereffects of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Current challenges, evolving patterns and trends of public and environmental health will be discussed regarding the region that covers the former Soviet Union and some adjoining areas. The course also includes an overview to the health systems and health care services that are in transition in most parts of the region. After the completion of the course, a student has developed a better understanding of both public health challenges and the efforts to respond to these challenges in the region. A further goal is to develop students’ skills to independently acquire updated health-related data from online sources, regarding crucial issues and developments in public and environmental health.

    Contents
    The profound social, economic, political, and cultural changes in the former Soviet Union since 1980s have had a remarkable effect on population health in the region. For example, premature mortality increased sharply in Russia and many other former Soviet states in 1990s, and despite levelling off later, they have remained remarkably high compared to other European countries, and even to many other populations in Asia. In particular, the burden of noncommunicable diseases remains heavy in many parts of Russia, Caucasus, and Central Asia. Controlling infectious disease epidemics has also, for many reasons, turned out to be challenging in the region that also suffers from endemic multi-resistant tuberculosis, high rates of HIV, etc. Current wave of Corona pandemic further adds to the challenges. Internal migration within countries, and also across former Soviet states poses one challenge for both population health and service provision. Rates of so-called external deaths, including injuries, suicides, alcohol poisonings, drug-related deaths, and violence, have remained relatively high in many parts of the former Soviet region. Recent or ongoing changes in health systems (partial or total privatization of certain services, revising of health funding schemes, shortage of trained staff, outdated technology and infrastructure, relative lack of pharmaceuticals, weak development in own research etc.) contribute to observed increase of socially patterned health inequalities within many of these populations. Additional threats come from environmental factors, such as poor air quality, polluted water sources, and uncertain food security and food safety in some areas. The partly unpredictable effects of climate change on population health will be also discussed during the course.

    Organising Institute: Unit of Public Health, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland

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    Russian Christianity: history, ideology, culture (5 cr) (UH, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Igor Mikeshin (postdoctoral researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki)
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Description
    This interdisciplinary course focuses on the historical, ideological, cultural, and political role of Christianity in contemporary Russia. A specific emphasis will be put on the rich diversity of the Russian Christian context, dominant and marginal discourses, the role of Christianity in a patriotic, conservative (gender and family), and secular narratives, and the methodological and theoretical challenges of studying contemporary Russian-speaking Christianity.
    The students are expected to participate in two mandatory Zoom sessions, read selected papers from the recent research on Russian Christianity (in English), watch video lectures, contribute to the group discussion, and write a final essay. Knowledge of the Russian language is not required, though it will definitely be an asset for the deeper study of the topic.
    This course is funded by the VIExpert/ExpREES study program.

    Learning outcomes
    This is an introductory course on the history, ideology, and cultural context of Christianity in Russia. The students are not expected to have any previous knowledge or expertise on the topic. After the course, the students will have an understanding of the key issues in history, ideology, and culture of Christianity in Russia and Russian-speaking Christianity.

    Course content:

    1. Introduction: Christianity in Russia and Russian Christianities
    2. Russian Orthodox Christianity: History
    3. Russian Orthodox Christianity: Church, State, and Society
    4. Secularism and Postsecularism in Russia
    5. Christian minorities in Russia
    6. Old Believers
    7. Evangelical Protestants in Russia
    8. Traditional Values and Christian Morals in Russia
    9. Wrapping up: Studying Russian Christianities

    Requirements
    Active participation in class discussions, final essay, reflections on weekly topics

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    Siperia Venäjän menneisyydessä ja nykyisyydessä (5 op) (HY, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    14.3.–8.5.2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Marina Vituhnovskaja-Kauppala
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Kurssin esittely 
    Historian maisteriohjelma. Kurssin vastaavuus maisteriohjelmassa on HISM-321, HISM-322, HISM-323.

    Kurssin tarkoituksena on monipuolisesti ja eri näkökulmista käsitellä yhtä Venäjän tärkeimmistä maantieteellisistä, hallinnollisista ja kulttuurillisista alueista, ja näyttää, miten alueen merkitys muuttui vuosisatojen saatossa. 1800-1900-luvuilla hahmottui Siperian rooli sekä karkotus- ja pakkotyö- että siirtolaisuusalueena; Siperiaan ja Kauko-Itään karkotettiin poliittisista syistä tuomittuja, alkaen dekabristien ja Puolan kapinoiden osallistujista päättyen Stalinin terrorin uhreihin: ”kulakkeihin” ja joukkorankaistuihin kansoihin, mm. inkerinsuomalaisiin. Siperiasta tuli ”vankileirien saariston”, GULAG:in yksi suurimmista alueista, täällä sijaitsi kymmenittäin jättiläismäisiä vankileirejä.

    On hyvin tärkeää käsitellä myös Siperian laajamittaisen taloudellista käyttöönoton kasvua, joka alkoi Aleksanteri II:n uudistuksien jälkeen, kun Venäjällä alkoi teollistamisen ja modernisoinnin kausi. Trans-Siperian rautatie, joka rakennettiin vuosina 1891–1916, pani alun tälle Siperian historian uudelle periodille. Siperian teollisuus alkoi kehittyä melko nopeasti 1930-luvulla, ja tämä loi pohjan teollisuuslaitosten evakuoinnille Siperiaan toisen maailmansodan aikana. Siperiasta tuli silloin vahva teollinen keskus, jonka panostusta sodan voittoon voi pitää jopa ratkaisevana. 1950-luvulla alkoi laajojen öljy- ja kaasuesiintymien löytäminen ja nopea hyödyntäminen. Tärkeänä seikkana oli Jäämeren ja siihen virtaavien Siperian suurien jokien vesiliikennesysteemin luominen neuvostoaikana. Toisessa maailmansodassa se oli yksi maan tärkeimmistä liikenneväylistä.

    Erikseen on huomioitava vielä Kauko-Idän ja erityisesti Vladivostokin merkitys Venäjän merenkululle. Euroopan ja Kauko-Idän yhdistävän Koillisväylän avaaminen kansainvälisille kauppalaivastoille on parhaillaan alkuvaiheessa. Jos hanke onnistuu, tulee se nostamaan Siperian merkitystä entisestään.

    Yksi kurssin päämääristä on esittää Siperian rooli Venäjän historian eri vaiheissa. Tässä yhteydessä on muistettava tärkeät tapahtumat Venäjän kansalaissodan aikana. Nimenomaan Siperiassa sijaitsi kaksi tärkeää sotavoimaa, jotka taistelivat valkoisten puolella: Tšekkoslovakialainen legioona ja amiraali Koltšakin johtama bolševikkivastainen Venäläinen armeija. Siellä syntyi myös muutamia itsenäisiä kansallisia alueita, joiden historia on miltei tuntematon Siperian ulkopuolella. 
    Siperia on ollut alusta saakka nykypäivään etnisesti monikirjava alue. Sen alkuperäiskansat kuuluvat erilaisiin kieli- ja kulttuuriryhmiin ja uskontoihin. Alueella asuu mm. useita suomalais-ugrilaisia ja samojedikansoja, joita venäläiset, suomalaiset ja unkarilaiset tutkijat ovat tutkineet perinpohjaisesti. Siperian etninen moninaisuus, eri kansoihin suunnattu valtiollinen politiikka keisariaikana ja Neuvostoliitossa, näyttää kuin spektrissä koko Venäjän vähemmistökansapolitiikan strategioiden mutkia. Eri kansojen vuorovaikutussuhteita eri aikakausina on vieläkin tutkittu vain riittämättömästi. Erityisen kiinnostava on juurruttamispolitiikan vaihe, jonka jälkiä on säilynyt vielä Siperian eri kansallisilla hallinnollisilla alueilla. Nyky-Venäjän hallinnollisen systeemin kohteena Siperia jakautuu muutamiin tasavaltoihin, alueisiin ja kaksoishallinnon alaisiin autonomisiin alueisiin. Siperiassa sijaitsee Venäjän ainoa muista alueista itsenäinen autonominen alue, Juutalainen AO, jonka perustaminen 1930-luvulla neuvostokokeiluna ansaitsee erikoista huomiota. 

    Kaikkien vähiten on tutkittu kysymystä Siperian asemasta Venäjän kuvitellussa maantieteessä (imagined geographies). Amerikkalainen professori Mark Bassin kirjoitti, että Venäjän imperiaalisessa ideologiassa oli käsite siitä, että maa luonnollisesti jakautuisi aasialaiseen ja eurooppalaiseen vyöhykkeeseen. Kuitenkin Siperian mentaalinen integrointi Venäjään ei tapahtunut edes imperiaalisen periodin loppuvaiheessa. Esimerkiksi vuoden 1907 vaalilain mukaan, maan eurooppalaisesta osasta valittiin yksi kansanedustaja 234 000 asukasta kohti; Siperiassa valittiin kansanedustaja 411 000 asukasta kohti (Siperian kanta-asukkailla ei ollut vaalioikeuksia).

    Tässä yhteydessä on mielenkiintoista perehtyä siperialaiseen partikularismiin ja separatismiin, jotka syntyivät 1860-luvulla (sibirskoje mestnitšestvo) ja olivat olemassa eri muodoissa kansalaissodan loppuun saakka. Ne elpyivät 1990-luvulla. Vuonna 1993 Kemerovon alueen korkeimman neuvoston puheenjohtaja Aman Tulejev ehdotti luoda Siperian tasavalta, ja Sverdlovskin alueen hallintopäällikkö Edward Rossel suunnitteli oman rahayksikön luomista. Kurssin luennoilla perehdytetään osanottajat kysymykseen Siperian asemasta Venäjän kuvitetussa maantieteessä ja itse siperialaisten näkökantoihin Siperian poliittisiin ja hallinnollisiin perspektiiveihin.

    Kurssin tavoitteena on tuottaa opiskelijoille perusvalmiudet Venäjän kansallisen ja hallinnollisen rakenteen monimutkaisuuden ymmärtämiseen sekä myös kykyä ymmärtämään Siperian merkitystä maan historiassa ja nyky-ajassa, taloudellisessa ja poliittisessa perspektiivissä. Kurssin suoritettuaan opiskelija ymmärtää Siperian alueen taloudellista ja poliittisesta merkityksiä Venäjää varten. Kurssin jälkeen opiskelija kykenee tarkastelemaan ja vertailemaan kriittisesti erilaisten Siperian ja Kauko-Idän alueiden erikoisluonteita ja merkitystä. Kun opiskelija on suorittanut kurssin, hän osaa tarkastella Venäjää regionaalisesta näkökulmasta ja ymmärtää, miten oikukkaaksi on sen monimutkainen ja monikerroksinen rakennelma.
    Siperian tuntemus lisää Venäjän historian, vähemmistökansapolitiikan, hallintosysteemin, poliittisten ideologioiden ja taloudellisten voimien tuntemusta. 

    Kurssin pituus tulee olemaan 17 tuntia. 

    Kurssin sisältö luennoittain:

    1. Siperian maantiede ja kanta-asukkaat. Moskovan ruhtinaskunnan invaasio ja Siperian valloitus.
    2. Siperiaa tutkitaan ja liitetään Venäjän hallintosysteemiin 1700-luvulla. Tieteellisiä tutkimusretkiä ja kotiseutututkijoiden muistiinpanoja.
    3. Siperia karkotuspaikkana Pietari Suuresta Nikolai II:een. Siirtolaisuus Siperiaan ja sen vaikutus alueen oloihin. Siirtolaiset ja kanta-asukkaat.
    4. Siperian taloudellinen hyödyntäminen keisariajan viimeisessä vaiheessa. Siperia Venäjän poliittisessa keskustelussa ja kuvitellussa maantieteessä.
    5. Siperia kansalaissodassa ja 1920-luvulla. ”Vankileirien saaristo” - GULAG Siperiassa. Siperia ”kulakkien” ja joukkorankaistujen kansojen karkotuspaikkana.
    6. Siperia toisen maailmansodan aikana.
    7. Siperia eräänä Venäjän taloudellisen ja sotilasstrategisen mahdin tärkeimmistä perusteista nykyaikana.
    8. Siperian asema Venäjän kuvitellussa maantieteessä (imagined geographies) ennen ja nyt. Siperian separatismi ja siihen tukeutuvat poliittiset liikkeet ennen ja nyt.
    9. Siperia Venäjän valtiovallan silmin: strateginen merkitys ja suuria taloudellisia projekteja.

    Kurssin suoritusohjeet: referaatti ja oppimispäiväkirja.
     

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    Social Policy in Post-Soviet Countries: Societal Challenges and Political Implications (5 cr) (HSE, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    12.1.–13.4.2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anna Tarasenko, Olga Zeveleva
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    The joint online course is open for students from Finnish universities and HSE (Spb) and aims to introduce social policy developments in post-soviet countries and approach them from policy analysis and political science perspective.

    The interdisciplinarity of the course is ensured by looking at the social policy designing process and implementation through the lenses of policy analysis, while also drawing on scholarly contributions from other relevant disciplines, including sociology and political science. The selected social policies will be analyzed drawing on the experience of several post-soviet countries with a focus on Russia. Six social policy spheres will be scrutinized: (1) pension systems, (2) deinstitutionalization of care for elderly and children left without parental care, (3) outsourcing of social services to private companies and nonprofits, (4) penitentiary systems, and (5) abortion and (6) drug regulations.

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    The Jewish Women’s Writing: Herstorical, Identity and Gender Perspectives (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV period 

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Urszula Chowaniec
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Ukrainian nation and state from Perestroika to present day (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    7.3.2022–31.5.2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Arseniy Svynarenko
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    The aim of this course is to present and overview of the nation building and contemporary political developments in Ukraine. Students will learn about various aspects of national identity, nationalism, politics and civil society in Ukraine. The course covers the key political and cultural events in Ukraine from Perestroika to present day with their analysis and discussion. Relevant academic literature will be provided to students for each lecture topic. Besides lectures, the in-class work will also include group assignments and discussions with the aim to activate and strengthen critical and analytical thinking.

    Lecture titles: 

    1. Nation, ethnicity, and nationalism: an introduction to the theoretical discussion. 
    2. The Revolution on Granite and Ukraine’s independence. 
    3. The post-Soviet politics: political parties and elite groups in Ukraine. 
    4. 'Ukraine-Russia-the EU' triangle: Ukraine in international relations. 
    5. Online discussion session and group work. 
    6. Was the “Orange revolution” a revolution? Theories of revolutions and approaches to mass mobilization. 
    7. Euromaidan. Political movements and civil society in Ukraine. 
    8. The political culture and the culture of protest. 
    9. Language policies and ethnic relations in Ukraine. 
    10. Women in Ukrainian politics. 
    11. Russia-Ukraine war: from hybrid war towards a new frozen conflict in Europe. 
    12. Online discussion session. 
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    Venäjän pohjoinen kirjallisuus (5 op) (HY, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    Moodle-ympäristössä ja Zoomissa 3.–4. periodissa sekä kevään intensiiviviikoilla.

    Kurssiin kuuluu kaksi intensiiviperiodeille sijoittuvaa suoraa Zoom-tapaamista, joiden ajankohdat ovat seuraavat:

    • pe 14.1.2022 klo 12–14
    • pe 13.5.2022 klo 10–16
    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Tintti Klapuri ja Karina Lukin
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Kurssi perehdyttää Venäjän pohjoiseen kirjallisuuteen (sekä venäläiseen että alkuperäiskansojen) kulttuurisessa, historiallisessa ja yhteiskunnallisessa kontekstissaan sekä sille relevantteihin tutkimusnäkökulmiin kirjallisuudentutkimuksen, folkloristiikan ja kulttuurintutkimuksen alalla.

    Kurssi koostuu seitsemästä eri aihealueesta, joihin kuhunkin liittyy etäluento (tallenne/tallenteet), ennakkomateriaalia sekä kurssitehtäviä. Aihealueet ovat seuraavat: pohjoisen merkitykset venäläisessä kirjallisuudessa, arktinen diskurssi, tutkimusmetodit, pohjoiset kaupungit kirjallisuudessa, pohjoiset alkuperäiskansat, nenetsikirjallisuus sekä saamelais- ja pomorikirjallisuus.
    Näiden lisäksi kurssiin kuuluu kaksi intensiiviperiodeille sijoittuvaa suoraa Zoom-tapaamista.

    Suoritusohjeet:
    Kurssi suoritetaan Moodlessa tehtävinä yksilö-, pari- ja ryhmätehtävinä.

    • Kurssin keskeisin suoritus on yksilötyönä suoritettava projekti, jossa opiskelija perehtyy itse valitsemaansa tai opettajan ehdottamaan tutkimuskohteeseen syvällisemmin. Projektisuoritus palautetaan kirjallisena analyyttisenä tekstinä, jonka lisäksi opiskelija valmistelee aiheestaan lyhyen esitelmän, jota hän esittelee kurssin päättävässä Zoom-tapaamisessa.
    • Pari- ja ryhmätehtävät ovat esimerkiksi ennakkomateriaalin ja luentojen pohjalta käytyjä keskusteluja tai pieniä videoituja esitelmiä, joista opiskelijat saavat sekä vertaispalautetta että opettajien kommentteja.

    Osaamistavoitteet: Kurssin suoritettuaan opiskelija 

    • hahmottaa Venäjän pohjoisen kirjallisuuden tutkimusalueena
    • ymmärtää pohjoisen kirjallisuuden erityisluonteen kulttuurisessa ja historiallisessa kontekstissaan, ml. pohjoisten alkuperäiskansojen kulttuuri ja neuvostoaikainen kehitys
    • tunnistaa tapoja, joilla pohjoinen esitetään venäläisessä kirjallisuudessa
    • hallitsee keskeiset arktisen alueen humanistisen ja yhteiskunnallisen tutkimuksen käsitteet ja osaa soveltaa niitä valitsemansa tutkimuskohteen analyyttisessä tarkastelussa
    • on harjoittanut ryhmätyö-, projektinhallinta- ja esiintymistaitojaan sekä tietoteknistä osaamistaan

    Kurssin ohjelma:

    • Suora Zoom-tutustumistapaaminen + johdantoluento intensiivijaksolla tammikuun 2022 alussa (kaikki opettajat, 2 h)
    • Aihe 1: Pohjoisen merkitykset venäläisessä kirjallisuudessa (Tintti Klapuri ja Eeva Kuikka, 4 h)
    • Aihe 2: Arktinen diskurssi (Tintti Klapuri ja Eeva Kuikka, 4 h)
    • Aihe 3: Tutkimusmetodit: postkolonialismi, ekokritiikki, geokritiikki, kaupunkitutkimus (Eeva Kuikka, Anni Lappela ja Mika Perkiömäki, 4 h)
    • Aihe 4: Pohjoiset kaupungit kirjallisuudessa (Anni Lappela, 2 h)
    • Aihe 5: Pohjoiset alkuperäiskansat (Karina Lukin, 2 h)
    • Aihe 6: Nenetsikirjallisuus (Eeva Kuikka ja Karina Lukin, 2 h)
    • Aihe 7: Saamelais- ja pomorikirjallisuus (Tintti Klapuri ja Mika Perkiömäki, 2 h)
    • Projektitöiden käsittely suorassa Zoom-seminaarissa intensiivijaksolla toukokuun 2022 alussa (kaikki opettajat, 6 h)
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    Kurssin nimi Aikataulu
    Divergence and convergence along the post-Soviet borders of Russia (5 cr) (UEF, AI) 31.01.–23.02.2022
    Doing Business in Wider Europe (6 cr) (UTU) TBC
    Gender (In)Equality in Russia and Eastern Europe: gender, feminism and society (5 cr) (UH) Intensive period in May 2022
    Russian Cinema and Society: 1920s–2000s (5 cr) (UEF, AI) TBC

    Divergence and convergence along the post-Soviet borders of Russia (5 cr) (UEF, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    31.01.–23.02.2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dr Kira Morachevskaya, Institute of Earth Sciences, St. Petersburg State University & Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer 
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    This course will provide students with a deeper understanding of post-Soviet Russian borders. By the end of the course, students will be able to better understand what forces are at work along Russia’s borders.
      
    Content
    The current Russian borders with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan acquired the status of ‘state borders’ in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. This short intensive course is dedicated to the issues of divergence and convergence along the post-Soviet borders of Russia. The course will provide examples of the dividing role of the border that separates the diverging political, legal and socio-economic spaces, as well as the cases of cross-border co-operation in the economic or cultural sphere. Students will learn how the border regions with Kazakhstan are developing in terms of Eurasian Union integration. They also will discuss if the open border with Belarus contributes to a higher level of cross-border interaction or not. Additionally, the course will include a lecture about the complicated situation of Russia’s exclave – the Kaliningrad region – which is surrounded by EU countries.

    Modes of Study
    Lectures (16 hours) + a written exam (2 credits, evaluated by Dr. Morachevskaya) and a research essay (8-10 pages, 3 credits) on a related topic of choice that will be evaluated by Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer. To receive credits, both assignments should be submitted.

    Study Materials 
    A reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course and readings made available online. 

    Evaluation Criteria 
    For the above-stated study mode, students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge and will be evaluated 0-5. 

    Campus: Joensuu campus

    Language of instruction is English

    The course is funded by Aleksanteri Institute (Expertise in Russian and Eastern European Studies, ExpREES)

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    Doing Business in Wider Europe (6 cr) (UTU)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    TBC

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Kari Liuhto
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    After completing the course, a student has gained a comprehensive understanding on the economic foundations and the business environment of the several key economies in Wider Europe, such as France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and their main business cultural features and business etiquette. Through an independent course work, a student learns how to conduct a company analysis on major corporations doing business in Wider Europe. Several visitors from the business community and the state administration deepen the student’s knowledge how to do business in the region.

    The EU together with its neighbours account for around 20-25% of the global economy and the global trade. The EU regulation, the Brexit and the EU’s economic cooperation with its neighbours shape the future business in Wider Europe. The course gives an overview of the economic foundations, the foreign economic relations and the business environment of the key economies in Wider Europe. Representatives of the European governments and several companies present their views and experiences on doing business in Wider Europe. In addition to lectures, the course contains an analytical case study (a course work) on some major international corporation doing business in the region.

    The final grade of the course is based on the exam (40%), the course work (40%) and active participation in the lectures (20%). A student is obliged to attend at least 50% of the lectures.

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    Gender (In)Equality in Russia and Eastern Europe: gender, feminism and society (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    Intensive period in May 2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s)  
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Russian Cinema and Society: 1920s–2000s (5 cr) (UEF, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    TBC

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Dr. Pavel Lyssakov (Associate Professor - SPBU)
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Immediately after its invention, cinema (just as its predecessor—photography) laid a claim to reflecting reality in a “truer” way than other media. Almost at the same time, an interesting trend emerged: it experimented with creating on screen very peculiar worlds that seemed real but had no counterparts in reality. This two-sided capacity of cinema brought about the eternal question: to what extent does a cinematic text actually reflect the historical reality it depicts, or is it rather a fictional text that expresses social tendencies contemporary to the time of its production?

    This course offers an analysis of a number of Russian films with a specific goal to tackle the balance between the historical “reality” the films referred to and the way they actually depicted it. Some basic terms and notions of film analysis will be introduced on the way. The course will also compare the treatment of certain topics and subjects in “Western” and Russian/East-European cultures and specifically in films. The course will cover films by Eisenstein, Kuleshov, Vertov, Tarkovsky, Balabanov, and other directors lesser known in the West. All films are subtitled in English.

    Session Titles:

    1. Introduction: What is Cinema and How It Relates to Life (Man with a Movie Camera (USSR, 1929, dir. Dziga Vertov))
    2. Socialist Realism and Cinematic Avant-Garde (The Battleship Potemkin (Russia, 1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein))
    3. Perceptions of the Other, Early Soviet Years: an American in Russia (The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Russia, 1924, dir. Lev Kuleshov))
    4. In Search of a New Man (Hammer and Sickle (Russia, 1994, dir. Sergei Livnev))
    5. Russia’s WWII: the Great Patriotic War (The Cranes are Flying (USSR, 1957, dir. Mikhail Kalatozov))
    6. Post-War Construction, Family and Gender Issues (Mother Has Got Married (USSR, 1969, dir. Vitalii Melnikov))
    7. Perceptions of the Other, Post-Soviet Years: A Russian in America (Brother-2 (Russia, 2000, dir. Aleksei Balabanov))
    8. The Future: Cinema and Science Fiction (Solaris (USSR, 1971, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky))
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    Kurssin nimi Aikataulu
    Chornobyl Studies (5 cr) (UH) III period
    Comparative Perspectives on Ukraine’s “Radical Right” (5 cr) (UH) III period
    Corporate social responsibility, local people and multilevel governance of
    natural resources in the Russian North (5 op) (UL, AI)
    III period
    Demokratian karikot: itäiset EU-maat tarkastelussa (5 op) (HY) IV periodi 
    Everyday Lives between Conflict and Peace: Communal Ordering and
    Mundane Peace in post-Soviet Eurasia (5 cr) (TAU, AI)
    IV period
    Gender and sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH) III period
    Geopolitical theories and the place of Central and Eastern Europe
    in the modern world order (5 cr) (UH)
    IV period
    History of Soviet jazz: the socio-cultural perspective (5 cr) (UH, AI) V period
    Ideologiat ja käytäntö: Mikä ajaa Venäjän ja itäisen Euroopan kehitystä
    eteenpäin? (5 op) (HY, AI)
    III period
    Kulttuurinen muisti Virossa (5 op) (HY) TBC
    Memory and European integration: How does Ukraine contribute
    to the debate? (5 cr) (UH)
    IV period
    Neuvostoliitosta Eurooppaan: murroskausi Virossa (5 op) (HY) TBC
    Nimien kulttuuriset ja poliittiset merkitykset Balkanilla (5 cr) (UH, AI) IV periodi
    Posthumanism in Russian and Soviet Culture (5 cr) (HY) III period
    State, society and Politics in Central Asia (5 cr) (UH, AI) IV period
    The History of Russia under the Romanovs (5 cr) (UEF) TBC
    The Return of the Revolution: The Soviet Union after Stalin (5 cr)
    (TAU, AI)
    28.3.–8.4.2022
    Ukrainan neuvostovallan viimeiset vuodet KGB:n dokumenttien
    mukaan 1986-1991 (5 cr) (HY)
     PERUTTU
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    Unkarilaisia elokuvia ja keskustelu (5 op) (HY) IV periodi
    Venäjän politiikka ja yhteiskunta (5 op) (HY) IV periodi
    Venäläinen sodanjälkeinen ja nykykirjallisuus (5 op) (HY) III–IV periodi
    Virolainen nykykirjallisuus (5 op) (HY) TBC
    Viron kirjallisuus (5 op) (HY) TBC
    Poliittiset aatteet: politiikka ja kulttuuri totalitaristisissa yhteiskunnissa:
    Neuvostoliitto ja kansallissosialistinen Saksa (5 op) (HY, AI)
    TBC

    Chornobyl Studies (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Inna Häkkinen
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Comparative Perspectives on Ukraine’s “Radical Right” (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Melanie Mierzejewski
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Corporate social responsibility, local people and multilevel governance of natural resources in the Russian North (5 op) (UL, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    Last week of January and/or first week of February 2022

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Maria Tysiachniouk
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Aim of the course is to attain in-depth knowledge of the multilevel governance and environmental and social issues to the use of  natural resources in the Russian North.
     
    Special attention in the course is paid to the role of non-state actors in governance of natural resources.  The course focuses on how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) foster corporate social responsibility. After the general introduction to the environmental and social problems of resource extraction, the different cases of forest, renewable energy, nuclear energy, mining and oil sectors will be analyzed with a special emphasis on the situation of the local and indigenous people. On one hand the course contains knowledge about the legislation concerning e.g. land rights, participatory rights and indigenous people’s rights. On the other hand analyze, how informal rules in the extraction sector and the interplay of formal and informal rules work. The differing CSR policies and international regulation of the above-mentioned sectors are also studied. 

    Lectures (16 hours), learning diary and a written home exam. The course will be held in January/ February and is included in the master’s program of Aleksanteri Institute.

    The lectures will be recorded for those, who cannot participate.

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    A mix of distance and face-to-face teaching

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    Demokratian karikot: itäiset EU-maat tarkastelussa (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV periodi

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katalin Miklóssy
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Kanditasoinen kurssi

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    Everyday Lives between Conflict and Peace: Communal Ordering and Mundane Peace in post-Soviet Eurasia (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV periodi

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Vadim Romashov
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Description
    This course introduces the theories and practices of community-building and everyday peace geographically focusing on the former Soviet area. The course, however, is not meant to essentialize the post-Soviet space as the only region where people are living in a situation between conflict and peace. One way or the other, the lives of all people are experienced through the concurrent situations of everyday conflicts and everyday peaces. Even though the geographic emphasis of this course is placed on the former Soviet area, upon the completion of the course the participants will be able to reflect on their own everyday lives from the perspective of peace and order.

    The lectures discuss the challenges for peace by analyzing its manifestations in everyday lives of diverse communities heavily affected by multidimensional state policies and various conflict-inducing discourses and practices. The course explores from different perspectives the ways in which people cope with conflict discourses, with tensions sourced in radical polarization between (antagonized) groups, with traumas and experiences of direct and indirect violence, with injustice,and countless other challenges to their everyday lives. The course critically evaluates the effectiveness of peace-making interventions of various state and non-state actors and international organizations that are often deficient of knowledge and capability to meet the needs of local people and to support customary practices of everyday peace. Therefore, the class discussion will focus on inter-group tensions and everyday peace processes involving various community actors as well as on the ways to support them by appropriate policies of international actors.

    Following the introductory lectures devoted to theoretical aspects of everyday peace and communal ordering each succeeding lecture presents a case study of a specific conflict-affected community. The lectures are delivered by the responsible teacher as well as by visiting lecturers who possess profound knowledge about the region, represent different academic disciplines and employ diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. The main goal of the course is to encourage students to critically reflect on the relation between discourses of conflict and peace and develop an understanding how peace is performed and confronted in different domains of sociopolitical everydayness.

    Learning outcomes

    • The student is aware of the characteristics and specifics of everyday life affected by violent conflicts
    • The student understands the relationship between conflict and peace within a complex web of interactions between various actors in different dimensions of communal life
    • The student recognizes different community-driven approaches to create and maintain order and peace in everyday life
    • The student learns different ways to support everyday peace practices and understands how the existing political and legal frameworks of international peacemaking and tools at disposal of third parties can be better applied to meet the needs of local communities
    • The student is familiarized with academic literature on everyday peace and communal ordering and gains theoretical and methodological skills to analyze everyday peace practices and their challenges

    Teaching methods
    Teaching methods will include lectures, class discussions and students’ group work in seminars. The lectures will be given by the responsible teacher, guest teachers from the post-Soviet region and international experts on the region. To facilitate the participation in the course for students and invited lecturers, who are not able to be physically present at Tampere University and/or because of the pandemic restrictions, all lectures will be live-streamed to the participants through Zoom that enables also questioning and commenting. If the teachers will give their consent, the lectures can be recorded and posted in Panopto. The seminars will be organized in a form of one-day intensive classes (if organized offline) or divided in two consecutive days (if organized only online due to the pandemic situation). The responsible teacher will chair the seminars.

    The students will be divided into groups to jointly produce a short reflection paper on every lecture before each subsequent lecture (i.e. within a week). In the middle of the course, the groups of students will be also given an assignment to watch a documentary depicting a case of everyday peace and present the results of this exercise at the concluding seminar session. At the end of the course, the students will be required to write individually an essay about a practice of mundane peace identified in their own everyday lives.

    On the Moodle-platform the students will have access to the course material and upload their papers.

    Teaching modes by hours
    Lectures: 10 (20 hours)
    Seminars: 1 day of intensive class held outside of the university premises or 2 days of online seminars (8 hours)

    Final grade

    • 50 % of the grade: reflection papers produced by groups
    • 20 % of the grade: group presentation
    • 30 % of the grade: individual essay
    • Activity in class discussions may increase the final grade

    Evaluation
    Numeric 1–5

    Study materials
    Readings and video material will be provided in TUNI Moodle

    Lectures:

    1. Introduction. Theory of everyday life, peace, and violence (Vadim Romashov, TAPRI)
    2. Introduction. Communal narratives and everyday practices of peace (Vadim Romashov, TAPRI)
    3. Introduction. Studying local ordering and peace (Anna Kreikemeyer, the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, the University of Hamburg)
    4. Peace in the family as the basis of peace in the country: How women contribute to local peace in Southern Kyrgyzstan (Aksana Ismailbekova, Leibniz-Zentrum-Moderner Orient)
    5. Conflict management from the ground up in Tajikistan (Karolina Kluczewska, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen)
    6. TBA (Erasmus + visitor from Ilia State University, Tbilisi)
    7. Collective decision-making and problem-solving within communities: A village exchange between Azerbaijani and Armenian rural communities (Sevil Huseynova, the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR e.V. Berlin) ¬/ Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation)
    8. Armenian-Azerbaijani rural communities in Georgia: modalities of everyday communal peace (Vadim Romashov, TAPRI)
    9. Everyday life in multi-ethnic urban parts of Tbilisi (Keti Gurchiani, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Ilia State University, Tbilisi)
    10. TBA (Erasmus+ visiting teacher from the Moldova State University)

    Concluding seminar “Co-existence” (8 hours)

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    A mix of distance and face-to-face teaching

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    Gender and sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katja Kahlina
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Geopolitical theories and the place of Central and Eastern Europe in the modern world order (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV period 

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Justyna Pierzynska
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    History of Soviet jazz: the socio-cultural perspective (5 cr) (UH, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    V period 

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Heli Reimann
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Bachelor level course

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    Ideologiat ja käytäntö: Mikä ajaa Venäjän ja itäisen Euroopan kehitystä eteenpäin? (5 op) (HY, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Katalin Miklóssy
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Kanditasoinen kurssi

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    Kulttuurinen muisti Virossa (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

     

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Toteutusmuoto varmistuu myöhemmin

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    Memory and European integration: How does Ukraine contribute to the debate? (5 cr) (UH)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Lina Klymenko
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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     Neuvostoliitosta Eurooppaan: murroskausi Virossa (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

     

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Toteutusmuoto varmistuu myöhemmin
     

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    Nimien kulttuuriset ja poliittiset merkitykset Balkanilla (5 cr) (UH, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III periodi

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Johanna Virkkula, Pavel Falaleev 
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Kanditasoinen kurssi

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    Posthumanism in Russian and Soviet Culture (5 cr) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    10.–23.1.2022
    The course will take place in Tampere as a contact teaching, if possible.

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Professor Oxana Timofeeva (European University at St. Petersburg, Russia)
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    General description 
    The course proposes a historical overview of the ideas of the nonhuman in the Russian culture for the past 100 years, consequently presents the genesis of current posthumanist tendencies, and elaborates a philosophical approach to them. The discussion is focused around some works of art, poetry, philosophy and literature from the era of the Russian revolution, through the Soviet period, to the main trends that dominate in today’s cultural field. 

    The choice of the authors and works analyzed in the framework of the course is based on their common intention of exploring, expanding and transgressing the borders and the limits of the human. A historical comparison necessarily takes into account the differences of the social and political contexts, and aims to demonstrate general ideological shifts that constitute particular ways of producing and experiencing the nonhuman and the posthuman condition in Russian culture.

    The course is suitable for students interested in Russian studies, Russian culture, philosophy, literature, poetry and contemporary art, as well as for those interested in posthumanism and the figures of the nonhuman.

    This lecture course is funded by Russia and Eastern Europe Studies (REES) network. The course is organized by Tampere University.

    Learning outcomes
    After completing the course, the student

    • is able to understand the logic of the development of certain theoretical ideas and their adaptation within a broader cultural field
    • is acquainted with the most recent posthumanist trends in Russia and understands their historical, political and cultural backgrounds
    • can apply a critical and philosophical methodologies to the analysis of cultural phenomena
    • is able to interpret phenomena not only in the historical, but also in the comparative perspective, and to bring into correlation different cultural contexts.
    • acquires knowledge that can be applicable in a broader domain of humanities and posthumanities
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    State, society and Politics in Central Asia (5 cr) (UH, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV period

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sherzod Eraliev
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    The History of Russia under the Romanovs (5 cr) (UEF)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

     

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Kati Parppei
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Learning outcomes
    The student should 

    • be familiar with the political history of Russia from the Time of Troubles and under the Romanov tsars from Mikhail to Nicholas II 
    • understand the social and economic development of Russia, including the nature and roles of the nobility and peasantry 
    • appreciate the role of Russian Orthodox Christianity in social and political developments; 
    • be aware of the processes by which the Russian Empire expanded and the problems associated with Empire 
    • be aware of the nature of Russian autocracy and the reasons for its eventual failure, leading to the revolutions of 1917. 

    Content
    The lecture course consists of twenty lectures presented chronologically, with each lecture covering a tsar or group of tsars. Each lecture will also have a focus on a particular theme, such as Russian Orthodoxy, peasant rebellions, or the role of intellectuals. Lectures will be supplemented by video material and by historical documents provided by the lecturer.

    Modes of study
    5114126a: Lecture course and an exam
    5114126b:nAdditional 2 op can be earned by writing an essay based on the lectures (and possible class readings). 
    A course-paper required for 2 credit points is approximately 4000–5000 words.  
    Study Materials : Readings will be announced in the lectures and made available online. 

    Evaluation criteria
    0–5
    For the above-stated study mode, students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge.
     
    Participation 
    The course will be offered for students in major, minor and students of continuous learning
    Campus: Joensuu campus

    Language of instruction is English. The exam is in English.

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    The Return of the Revolution: The Soviet Union after Stalin (5 cr) (TAU, AI)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    March 28–April 8

    Session 1, Monday, March 28, 14:00-16:00 – Introduction

    Part I – The Stalinist Inheritance
    Session 2, Tuesday, March 29, 16:00-18:00 – Stalinism: Politics, Ideology, Society, and Culture

    Part II – The Early Post-Stalin Years
    Session 3, Thursday, March 31, 14:00-16:00 – The Death of Stalin: A Multinational Microhistory

    Session 4, Friday, April 1, 14:00-16:00 – Politics: Nikita Khrushchev, the Secret Speech, and Reaction

    Session 5, Monday, April 4, 14:00-16:00 – The Revolution Abroad: Peaceful Coexistence and Eastern Europe

    Session 6, Tuesday, April 5, 16:00-18:00 – Soviet Society: Workers, Peasants, and Gulag Returnees

    Session 7, Thursday, April 7, 14:00-16:00 – Soviet Culture: What was the Post-Stalin “Thaw”? (And Why the Seasonal Metaphor?) 

    Part III – Conclusion 
    Session 8, Friday, April 8, 14:00-16:00 – Concluding Lecture

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Anatoly Pinsky, Visiting Professor, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    General Description
    In this discussion-based seminar, we will examine the early post-Stalin Soviet Union and pose the question, how do societies overcome the problems of their past, and to what extent do they in fact succeed in doing so? While we will focus our attention on the early post-Stalin years (1953 to the late 1960s), we will keep in mind the relevance of our central question to other contexts. These include not only contemporary Russia, where Vladimir Putin has served as president for nearly as long as Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, but also an imminent post-Covid-19 world, in which countries will be compelled to reimagine approaches to public health, the welfare state, international relations, and much more. While the course will not presuppose an answer to our question, it will challenge students to consider the many ways in which the problems of the past endure and thus, for the sake of meaningful change, may demand fundamental reevaluation of the structures that shape human beings and their societies.

    The USSR, after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953, faced no small number of structural challenges. These included low productivity of agriculture and industry, stagnation in the arts and sciences, displeasure among non-Russian nationalities, and a citizenry brutalized by repeated campaigns of state terror. These problems demanded solutions for the Soviet Union to deliver on its promise of creating a Communist utopia and defeating the capitalist West in the Cold War. In exploring how Stalin’s successors approached these challenges, we will train our sights on as wide a picture of post-Stalin life as possible. To do so, we will examine a diverse set of primary and secondary sources. The former include speeches, novellas, paintings, songs, photographs, and diaries, among other materials. The latter stem from a number of different disciplines—including history, political science, anthropology, sociology, and literature—the insights of which will enrich our approach to the primary sources. Students with little background in Soviet history will be advised to read selections from a textbook in addition to each week’s assigned readings.

    The course will begin with an introductory lecture that places the central question of the course—to what extent is societal change possible?—in the context of Russian history as a whole as well as contemporary concerns, in Russia and around the world. Session 2 will be devoted to an overview of the Stalin era, covering politics, ideology, society, and culture. Session 3 will be dedicated to a microhistory of the societal reaction in several Soviet republics to Stalin’s death, on March 5, 1953, which will serve to underline the themes of session 2, and point the way forward to themes emphasized in the remainder of the course. In sessions 4-7, we will spend one class on each of the following: post-Stalin politics, international relations, society, and culture. The first half of each session will emphasize change, while the section half will emphasize continuity. At the same time, we will explore the ways in which continuity and change not only are often interwoven, but also depend on the question posed by the scholar. In session 8, I will deliver a concluding lecture that summarizes the material covered in the context of the course’s larger question, and draw out the connections to the present.

    Contact Hours
    Academic hours: 15
    Credits: 5 ECTS

    Teaching/Learning Methods
    With the exception of the introductory and concluding sessions (which will be lectures), class time will be devoted to discussing the primary and secondary sources. At the beginning of each session, I will speak for roughly ten minutes to create a frame for the discussion and connect that frame to the previous session. In the final ten minutes of each session, I will summarize the ground covered by the discussion and point the way forward to the next meeting. For each session, students will read and discuss one or more primary sources as well as one secondary source (an article or book chapter). (Student preparation time for each session would be roughly three hours.) As an instructor (especially of graduate students), I see my role not so much as providing answers to the questions posed, but rather as modeling the kinds of questions that students should learn to ask themselves as they engage with the material. This modeling is done during discussion; if successful, the students then take control of the discussion and pose questions—similarly productive—to one another. The overall objective of this approach is for students to hone an ability to independently and productively evaluate both data and interpretations thereof—a skill required in various disciplines and professions. 

    Expected Learning Outcomes
    The course aims to be of value to two sets of students: those who seek to pursue academic careers, and those who seek to pursue non-academic careers (e.g., to work in government, for cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations, etc.). Students who wish to become academics in the Russian/Eurasian field will be introduced to central questions scholars ask of key periods in twentieth-century Russian/Eurasian history, and of classic primary sources. Students who seek to pursue careers in policy, culture, and so on, will be trained in habits of mind useful for all professionals, including how to interrogate complex arguments, make sense of data that tells a variety of stories, professionally work through difficult questions with colleagues, and clearly and concisely express one’s arguments in writing. (On assigned written work, see Assessment Methods directly below.) 

    Assessment Methods
    You will be evaluated based on the following:

    1. Attendance: 10%
    2. Participation in discussion: 40%
    3. Final essay, 4-6 double-spaced pages: 50%. Students will be asked to evaluate the extent of continuity and/or change in one or more areas of post-Stalin Soviet life (e.g., politics, ideology, industry, agriculture, literature, or film). Essays should be based on primary and secondary sources, both assigned in the course and read independently.
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    Ukrainan neuvostovallan viimeiset vuodet KGB:n dokumenttien mukaan 1986–1991 (5 cr) (HY) PERUTTU

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    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Arto Luukkanen
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Unkarilaisia elokuvia ja keskustelu (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV periodi 

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Magdolna Kovacs
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Opiskelija muodostaa yleiskuvan unkarilaisesta filmitutotannosta, animaatiosta ja/tai kuvataiteesta, joiden teoksia hän osaa analysoida

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    Venäjän politiikka ja yhteiskunta (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    IV periodi

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    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Venäläinen sodanjälkeinen ja nykykirjallisuus (5 op) (HY)

    Aika ja paikka / Time and Place

    III–IV periodi

    Ilmoittautuminen kurssille päättyy 16.1.2021.

    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Tintti Klapuri
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Kurssi johdattaa venäläiseen kirjallisuuteen ja sen historiaan 1940-luvun lopulta 2010-luvulle. Kurssilla käsitellään sodanjälkeisen ajan kirjallisuutta ja suojasään aikaa, myöhäisen neuvostoajan kirjallisuutta, postmodernismia ja uusinta proosaa. Painopiste on myöhäisen neuvostoajan kirjallisuudessa. Kurssilla perehdytään samalla myös aikakauden historialliseen ja yhteiskunnalliseen kontekstiin sekä kirjallisuudentutkimuksen käsitteistöön. Useimpia luentokertoja varten luetaan jokin kaunokirjallinen teksti, jota käsitellään yhdessä luennolla.

    Kurssi HY:n opetusohjelmassa:

    • KIK-RU215 Venäläinen kirjallisuus ja kulttuuri III
    • KIM-RU334 Venäläinen postmodernismi
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    Virolainen nykykirjallisuus (5 op) (HY)

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    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Viron kirjallisuus (5 op) (HY)

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    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

     

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    Poliittiset aatteet: politiikka ja kulttuuri totalitaristisissa yhteiskunnissa: Neuvostoliitto ja kansallissosialistinen Saksa (5 op) (HY,AI)

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    Luennoitsija(t) / Lecturer(s) Meri Herrala, VTT & Marja Vuorinen,  VTT
    Tavoite ja sisältö / Aim and content

    Kurssikuvaus
    Kurssilla analysoidaan kahden totalitaristisen yhteiskunnan, Neuvostoliiton ja Kansallissosialistisen Saksan poliittista ja yhteiskuntahistoriaa sekä kulttuuripolitiikkaa.
     
    Bolsevismi ja natsismi olivat sotienvälisenä aikana toistensa tärkeimmät ideologiset kilpailijat. Hegemoniakamppailua käytiin sekä omien kansalaisten sieluista että maiden väliin jäävillä alueilla ja muualla itäisessä Keski-Euroopassa. Näennäisestä vastakkaisuudestaan huolimatta aatteilla oli paljon yhteistä, mm. yksipuoluejärjestelmä, yksilön alisteisuus kokonaisuudelle (kansakunta tai luokka), poliittisten oikeuksien vähäisyys, väkivallan käyttö politiikan välineenä, kattava rakenteellinen kontrolli, vallankäytön perustelu luokkavihollista tai kansanvihollista vastaan käytävällä taistelulla, voimakas propagandakoneisto ja määrätietoinen kulttuuripoliittinen ohjelma.

    Toisen maailmansodan alussa Saksa ja Neuvostoliitto olivat ensin liittolaisia (Molotov/Ribbentrop-sopimus), päätyen lopulta ottamaan mittaa toisistaan. Saksan tappion jälkeen oikeisto- ja vasemmistototalitarismien vastakkainasettelu Euroopassa korvautui kylmän sodan kahtiajaolla, jota määrittivät idän ja lännen, kommunismin ja kapitalismin, NL:n ja Yhdysvaltojen johtamien blokkien ja kulttuuripiirien välinen ideologinen taistelu.

    Kurssilla tarkastellaan aluksi maailmansotien välistä aikaa, jolloin kumpikin järjestelmä muotoutui, painottaen erityisesti ideologisen kehityksen suhdetta kulttuurin ja taiteiden kehitykseen. Toisen maailmansodan osalta tarkastellaan sotaan valmistautumisen ja itse sodan vaikutuksia kummankin järjestelmän kulttuuripolitiikkaan. Neuvostoliiton osalta käsitellään kulttuuripolitiikkaa Venäjän 1905 ja 1917 vallankumouksista Stalinin kauden loppuun. Lopuksi tarkastellaan sekä kansallissosialistisen Saksan että Leninin ja Stalinin Neuvostoliiton jälkimainetta ja niiden historiallista käyttöä. Kurssin punaisena lankana on näiden kahden lähtökohdiltaan ja ideologiselta kohdennukseltaan vastakkaisen, mutta toimintatavoiltaan toisiaan muistuttavan järjestelmän ja niiden kulttuuristen käytäntöjen vertailu.

    Kurssin osaamistavoitteet 
    Kurssin tavoitteena on harjaannuttaa opiskelijat itsenäiseen, reflektoivaan tieteelliseen ajatteluun. Kurssilla opitaan analysoimaan kriittisesti kahden erilaisen, mutta keskenään myös analogisen totalitaristisen yhteiskunnan, Neuvostoliiton ja Kansallissosialistisen Saksan poliittista ja ideologista viestintää, kulttuurisia ilmiöitä ja ideologisesti värittyneitä taideteoksia (esim. patsaat, valokuvat, elokuvat, kirjalliset ja musiikkiteokset, arkkitehtuurikohteet ja käyttögrafiikka). Kurssin käytyään opiskelija ymmärtää ko. järjestelmien kulttuurituotteiden poliittisia ja ideologisia merkityksiä ja osaa asettaa ne aikansa poliittista, yhteiskunnallista ja kulttuurista taustaa vasten.

    Kurssi kehittää myös opiskelijan kykyä tieteellisen kirjallisuuden ja artikkelien kriittiseen lukemiseen ja syventää käsityksiä tutkimustyön eri osa-alueista (kysymyksenasettelu, yhteys tieteellisen keskusteluun, käsitteet, metodit ym.). Omia töitään laatiessaan ja esitellessään sekä toistensa kirjallisia töitä ja esityksiä kommentoidessaan opiskelijat kehittävät myös yhteistyö- ja keskusteluvalmiuksiaan.

    Kurssin päätyttyä opiskelijalla on perustiedot kahden totalitaristisen yhteiskunnan kulttuuripolitiikasta sekä propagandan ja agitaation roolista niiden valtiollisissa projekteissa. Opiskelija osaa vertailla kahta erilaista järjestelmää toisiinsa ja löytää yhteneväisyyksiä ja eroja niiden ideologioissa, kulttuuripolitiikassa ja taiteen tuottamisen tavoissa. Opiskelijalla on myös perusymmärrys taiteilijan, ideologian ja vallan suhteesta totalitaristisissa yhteiskunnissa. Opiskelija osaa arvioida taideteoksia ja sitä, miten valtakoneisto ja sen säännöt ovat vaikuttaneet teoksen lopulliseen muotoon ja sisältöön. Kurssi antaa myös valmiuksia vertailla historiallisia ja kulttuuripoliittisia prosesseja ja sensuuria nykyajan vastaaviin ilmiöihin.

    Jos koronatilanne niin vaatii, kurssi opetetaan etänä Zoomin kautta. Kurssin luennot tallennetaan Moodleen myös siinä tapauksessa, että kurssi pidetään lähiopetuksena. Jos kurssille osallistuu opiskelijoita jotka asuvat muualla kuin pääkaupunkiseudulla, he voivat suorittaa kurssin etänä joko Zoomin kautta tai luentotallenteiden avulla. Etäopiskelijat voivat halutessaan olla mukana ryhmätyössä, jolloin heidän tulee olla ko. esityskerralla mukana esittämässä oma osuutensa joko livenä tai Zoomin kautta; vaihtoehtoisina suoritustapoina mahdollisia ovat myös pitempi loppuessee tai loppuesseen lisäksi tehtävä toinen, ryhmätyön korvaava essee, johon voi sisältyä myös kuvitusta.

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    • Aalto Yliopisto / Aalto University: Aalto
    • Helsingin yliopisto / University of Helsinki: HY / UH
    • Itä-Suomen yliopisto / University of Eastern Finland: ISY / UEF
    • Jyväskylän yliopisto / University of Jyväskylä: JY / JYU
    • Lapin yliopisto / University of Lapland: LY / UL
    • Lappeenrannan teknillinen yliopisto / Lappeenranta University of Technology: LUT
    • Oulun yliopisto / University of Oulu: OY / UO
    • Hanken Svenska handelshögskolan / Hanken School of Economics: SHH / Hanken
    • Tampereen yliopisto / University of Tampere: TAU
    • Turun yliopisto / University of Turku: TY / UTU
    • Vaasan yliopisto / Univesity of Vaasa: VY / UV
    • Åbo Akademi / Åbo Akademi University: ÅA
    • Aleksanteri-instituutti / Aleksanteri Institute: AI