Contemporary Finnish Society and Culture
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Tänapäeva Soome ühiskond ja kultuur
Course title in English
Contemporary Finnish Society and Culture
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To learn about and analyze phenomena important in contemporary Finnish society and culture. Get acquainted with the main positions in Finnish politics, to learn to orientate in sources that analyze social events (media) and look for different perspectives. Support Finnish language skills.
Brief description of the course
The political landscape of Finland. Regional specificities. National minorities of Finland in the past and today (Sámi, Finno-Swedish, new immigrants, etc.). Finnish nature and its role in Finnish identity. Traditional and pop culture. Historical development and contemporary of Finnish film (Kaurismäki, Harlin).
Supporting the acquisition of the Finnish language at B2.2 level and the acquisition of sectoral 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 a seminar paper on a social phenomenon, cultural text or film that is important to modern Finland.
Learning outcomes in the course
After passing the course:
- have a thorough knowledge of contemporary Finnish society and culture;
- can link knowledge with the wider general cultural and societal context;
- can write independent research in Finnish and present its results.
Assessment methods