Finnish History, Culture and Older Literature
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Soome ajalugu, kultuur ja vanem kirjandus
Course title in English
Finnish History, Culture and Older Literature
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Tiina Söderman (soome keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To learn and analyze the most important stages and development of Finnish history from prehistory to the present day and to get acquainted with older literature. The emergence and development of Finnish literature, culture and society. Support and development of Finnish language skills.
Brief description of the course
The course gives an overview of the most important events and development stages in Finnish history. The central topics are: Finnish prehistory (including the Stone, Iron and Bronze Age), Finnish Christianity, Reformation, the emergence of Agricola and the literary language, the Northern War and its impact on Finland (the peace of Uusikapunki), development of science and journalism (eg Carl von Linné) Lönrot and Kalevala, Finland as a part of Russia, the birth of national self-awareness and national romanticism (Turku Romanticists), the Great Famine, the Country Days, in the Finnish Wars (1939-45), Väinö's The Unknown Warrior and Here Under the North Star. The course supports the acquisition of B2 level language and history and culture vocabulary as the course is in Finnish.
Independent work
Reading of literature, interpretation of what is read, proper performance of written assignments assigned by the lecturer and timely presentation. During the course, students write one essay and make an oral presentation.
Learning outcomes in the course
After passing the course:
- has comprehensive knowledge of Finnish history, society and older literature;
- can link professional knowledge to a broader general cultural and societal context;
- is able to use the acquired knowledge purposefully in independent research;
- has expanded its cultural, historical and literary vocabulary.
Assessment methods