Summer school courses 2017

Because each course lasts for one week, it is possible to participate in one course per week only.

Week I: 22 - 26 May 2017


Week II: 29 May - 2 June 2017


Week III: 5 - 9 June 2017


Week IV: 12 - 16 June 2017


XSU0026 Finnish Language and Culture

by Language Centre

ECTS credits: 2

Lecturer: Laura Kananen, MA, Language Centre, University of Jyväskylä

Target group: All those interested in Finnish language and culture. No prior knowledge of Finnish required.

Course description: This basic Finnish course focuses on receptive skills, which means understanding simple everyday written and spoken phrases such as signs, newspaper advertisements and announcements. The students will learn simple phrases and greetings so that they can survive in everyday situations and places such as shops, cafes and restaurants. During the classes, we will also study language learning skills and strategies for understanding basic vocabulary and simple written phrases. While studying the language, the students will also learn about the history and specialties of the Finnish language as well as some basic features of Finnish culture. Some cultural visits will be arranged during the course. The students will have a chance to affect the contents of the course.

Mode of study: Daily classes and individual home work

Assessment: Written exam at the end of the course. The course is graded numerically on the scale of 1-5

Timing: 22 - 26 May

Class hours: Mon - Fri 9.15 - 14.00



MCEO210 Education in Finland

by Faculty of Education

ECTS credits: 3

Lecturer: Dr. Matti Kuorelahti, Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä

Target group: Visiting Bachelor and Master level students interested in Finnish education

Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, the students are able to understand the success of Finnish education system in international comparisons, and they can

  • describe different aspects of the Finnish education system
  • describe the major factors behind the success of the school systems based on equity

Mode of study: Lectures about Finnish education system (e.g. early childhood education, basic education, special education, adult education, teacher education).  Written assignment.

Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education. (EURYDICE)
Curricula 2014
(Pre-primary and primary education, and upper secondary)
National Core Curriculum for Upper Secondary Schools 2003

Välijärvi, J., Kupari, P., Linnakylä, P., Reinikainen, P., Sulkunen, S., Törnroos, J. & Arffman, I. 2007. The Finnish success in PISA – and some reasons behind it.
Brink, S., Nissinen, K. & Vettenranta, J. 2013. Equity and excellence. (
PISA 2012 and 2015 Results (published in Deceber 2016)

Assessment: 0-5

Timing: 22 - 26 May

Location: to be announced


LYTA508 Organization and Role of Sport in the EU and its Member States

by the Department of Sport Sciences

ECTS credits: Either 2 or 4. Students will write a learning log that incorporates the relevant issues discussed in the class: 5-6 pages for 2 ECTS credits or 10-12 pages for 4 ECTS credits.


  • Giovanni Capelli, Professor, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy
  • Anna-Katriina Salmikangas, PhD, Senior Researcher, Department of the Sport Sciences, University of Jyväskylä
  • other lecturers will be announced later

Target group: This course is ideal for Bachelor level students of e.g. sport management, organizational studies, leadership and European studies.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, student is able to:

  • identify various EU organizations from a sport perspective and understand the role of sport in the EU
  • recognize the role of sport at international, national and local level
  • apply the knowledge about the different ways of organizing sport in different countries in the settings of his/her home country
  • create a project plan for applying funding for promoting sports


  • EU structures, funding and development issues
  • Progress of the White Paper on sport and the “Pierre De Coubertin” action plan, Lisbon Treaty and sport related articles
  • Preparing a project plan for one of the EU calls for sports


Mode of study: Lectures 24 hours, practical exercises, and a written assignment to be completed after the course. Learning will be facilitated through discussion, computer-based research, group works and presentations.

Assessment: Active participation in the lectures and writing a learning log on topics related to the course. Students will write a learning log that incorporates the relevant issues discussed in the class: 5-6 pages for 2 ECTS credits or 10-12 pages for 4 ECTS credits.

Grading: 0-5. (active participation 20%, group work 40% and learning log 40%)

Timing:  22 - 26 May

Class hours: Mon – Thu 9.00-15.00, Fri 9.00-13.00

Location: to be announced


JOUA111 Press Photography: Theory, Practice and Interpretation

by Department of Language and Communication Studies

ECTS credits: 3

Lecturer: Joanna Kędra, Researcher, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Target group: All those interested in photography, photojournalism and visual interpretation. Own digital camera is required (simple or more advanced).

Mode of study: lectures, workshops, group discussions, photographic assignments, learning portfolio

Content: The course explores history, theory and practice of photography with special focus on journalistic photographs and profession of photojournalist. Students will work to improve their photographing skills as well as critical thinking about images along with methods of their interpretation. During the course students will work on three creative photographic assignments for their learning portfolio, for which instructions will be provided in the first class. Students of all subjects are welcome. Any pre-knowledge about photography or photographing skills is not required, but high motivation for creative work and active participation in the discussions and assignments is more than welcome.

Aims: The course aims to facilitate students’ individual development in visual literacy in multicultural study group. It will combine both theory and practice of photography through dialogic lectures and workshops.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, student is able to:

  • recall basic facts from the history of photography,
  • identify key photographers, their work and style,
  • evaluate own photographic work and the work of others,
  • apply interdisciplinary knowledge into (press) photography interpretation,
  • implement theory on photography interpretation into own critical judgment of photographs in everyday visual communication,

And: will advance his/her skills in visual literacy.

Assessment: Active participation, photographic assignments (including pre-assignment, to which instructions will be given to registered students), learning portfolio. The course is evaluated with a grading scale from 1 to 5 (0=fail, 1=satisfactory, 3=good, 4= very good, 5 = excellent). The criteria will be discussed in more detail during the first class.

Timing: 22 - 26 May

Class Hours:

Monday: 9.15-11.30 and 12.30-14.00
Tuesday: 9.15-11.30 and 12.30-14.00
Wednesday: 9.15-11.30 and 12.30-14.00
Thursday: 9.15-11.30 and 12.30-14.00
Friday: 9.15-12.30



FILY025 Introduction to Ethics of Science

by Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

ECTS credits: Either 2 (PART I) or 4 credits (PART I and II)

Lecturer: John Pajunen

Subject/field: Philosophy / Ethics of science

Those students, who need 2 ECTS credits, will need to complete PART I. Those who need 4 ECTS credits will have to complete PART I and PART II

2 ECTS credits: 100% class attendance and active participation in class discussions, 5 written assignments to be completed and turned in no later than one week after classes, 1-2 pages each. One assignment can be dropped if a class presentation is given. A short pre-course written assignment has to be handed in at the beginning of the course. The perspective of the classes will be on practical side of decision making within scientific surroundings, including but not limited to themes such as studying, doing research, teaching, getting funding.

2 ECTS credits: Based on the course book (Resnik), a written assignment must be completed. A pre-course written assignment has to be handed in at the beginning of the course.

Course description: 
Ethical issues concerning various aspects of scientific research is covered, including: rights and responsibilities of both students and teachers, moral issues related to scientific research and its relation to society, and moral principles of human and animal study. Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to recognize the ethical dimension of decision making process, and to correctly apply ethical vocabulary as well as use different ethical theories to reflect on morally relevant issues. 

Topics covered in class (relating to Part I)

1.    Introduction to ethics and decision making
2.    Research ethics and the process of research
3.    Ethics and scientific communication
4.    Ethical questions related to post graduate studies
5.    Evaluation of research - ethical issues
6.    The role of scientist in society
7.    Academic life and life outside the academy

Short written assignment on 5 of the above mentioned topics is to be returned no later than one week after the course (one assignment may be dropped, if a short class presentation is given).

All written assignments should be concise and to the point. The issue or problem is to be explained, relevant positions and their implications described, and the standpoint the student has reached, together with the most important reasons for it, must be stated.
Upon completing the course, the students are able to recognize ethical dimensions of decision making relating to academic life. The students will be able to evaluate and propose practical solutions to problems while being sensitive to the deep problematic nature of ethical issues.

Target group: Bachelor level students with no previous studies in ethics of science

Mode of study: A pre-course assignment has to be handed in at the beginning of course. The course will consist of lectures and class discussions, and in addition, students may give very brief presentations or alternatively hand in short written assignments. 

Assessment: The assessment is based on all written assignments and presentations of the student. Grading: 1-5, or fail.

Reading: Resnik, David B. (1998): The Ethics of Science. An Introduction. London & New York: Routledge.

Timing: 29 May - 2 June

Class hours: Mon-Fri 9:15-15:00, with 1 hour lunch break, and two 15 min coffee breaks.

Location: to be announced


CIHD031 Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy and Other Arts Therapies

by Department of Psychology

ECTS credits: 3

Lecturers: Katriina Hyvönen, PhD, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Dance-Movement Therapist
Maarit Ylönen, PhD, Psychotherapist, Dance-Movement Therapist

Aims and content: Dance Movement Therapy, as well as other Arts Therapies, has similar theoretical underpinnings as verbal psychotherapies. Creativity, however, is emphasised and surfaces in the centre of the therapeutic process. Proceeding from this, the aim of this course is twofold. First, experiential learning is emphasised and will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on own experiences of the movement process. Second, the course includes a theoretical component that provides a brief overview of Dance Movement Therapy within the context of other Arts Therapies (i.e., Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy). Students can make connections between theory and their own movement experiences through the interactions with others, reading of arts therapies literature and writing movement diaries. The course is suited to students interested in exploring their own experiences through body awareness and creative movement. The number of places on the course is limited to 25 and students with prior knowledge of psychology and related fields are given priority. However, no previous dance experience is required and the course does not include physically demanding activities.

Mode of study: Movement workshops, pair/group work, and lectures

Assessment: Participation and movement diary which is graded on a scale from 1 to 5.

Course materials:

Chaiklin, S., & Wengrower, H. (2009). Art and science of dance/movement therapy: Life is dance. New York: Routledge Press.

Karkou, V., & Sanderson, P. (2006). Arts therapies: A research-based map of the field. Churchill Livingstone.

Meekums, B. (2005). Dance Movement Therapy: A Creative Psychotherapeutic Approach. London: Sage Publications.

Payne, H. (1992/2006). Dance movement therapy: Theory and practice. London & New York: Routledge.

Punkanen, M. & Saarikallio, S. (2014). Emotions in motion: short-term group form Dance/Movement Therapy in the treatment of depression: a pilot study. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41, 493–497.

Ylönen, M. & Cantell, M. (2009). Kinaesthetic narratives: Interpretations for children’s dance movement therapy process. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 4, 215–230.

Timing: 29 May – 2 June




TERA204 Physical activity, Sport, Health and Health Promotion - International perspectives

by Department of Health Sciences

ECTS credits: 4

Sami Kokko, Senior Researcher
Other lecturers to be announced

Target group: All interested

Content: The course will review of Finnish and European physical activity and sport cultures and introduce basics of health promotion. Also, a links between physical activity/sport and health promotion are illustrated. Two wider studies, namely International Health Behavior in School-aged Children study (HBSC) – a WHO collaborative cross-national study and The national Health Promoting Sports Club study, are presented.

Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, student is able to:

  • understand social sciences perspective on physical activity and health promotion
  • demonstrate a link between physical activity and sport to health
  • interpret overall situation of health behavior and apply (to a given country) the results of the international HBSC study
  • understand the concept of settings-based health promotion and apply it to a sports club setting


Timing: 29 May – 2 June

Class hours: 9.15 - 15.45


YRIA215 Intrapreneurship: Current Perspectives on New Business Development and Corporate Entrepreneurship

by Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

ECTS credits: 5

Lecturer: Dos. Ph.D. Juha Kansikas (Senior lecturer, JSBE, JYU)

Subject/field: Entrepreneurship / Business studies

Course description: The course focuses on classifying and analyzing entrepreneurial behavior and new business development. Analysing feasibility of new business ideas will be covered. The students are able to plan and to evaluate rewarding mechanisms which promote entrepreneurial behavior. Organising and leading entrepreneurial teams will be exercised.

Completion mode: Completion of a pre-course task, Learning portfolio, reflective exercise, and final case study.

Timing of the course: 29 May - 2 June

Class hours:


National Educational Systems: Finland and the United States in International Context

by Department of Education

ECTS credits: 2

Lecturers: Juho Honkasilta, PhD, Department of Education JYU and Prof. Charles Howell, Beeghly College of Education, Youngstown State University

Level of the course: Bachelor

Subject: Education

Course description: National educational systems are complex entities, with many interdependent elements: legal and financial frameworks, governance structures, personnel systems, and curricular and pedagogical foundations. Study of contrasting elements in Finland and the United States will provide a high-level introduction to the concept of a national educational system and enable students to situate their knowledge of their own national system in an international context.

Recommended background knowledge (not obligatory): MCEO210 Education in Finland

Method of assessment: Preliminary paper, final paper.

Timing: 29 May – 2 June

Class hours:



XYHX010 Refugee Resettlement and Integration

by Language Centre (JYU)

ECTS credits: 4

Lecturers: Lotta Kokkonen, PhD, Language Centre, University of Jyväskylä, Kristen Hill Maher, PhD, Political Science, San Diego State University & Kati Turtiainen, PhD, Social Sciences, Chydenius Institute / University of Jyväskylä

Content: Jyväskylä is one of the places where growing numbers of refugees are settling. This course offers students insight into  the reasons behind the refugee flows, how Finland is responding in policy, and a range of challenges and possibilities created by refugee flows at a local and everyday level.


  • Introduction to refugee politics and law
  • Finnish policy and practices regarding refugee admission and integration
  • How refugees’ background and experiences affect their adaptation to a new environment
  • Interpersonal relationships within integration process (developing new relationships, dealing with losses, transnational networks)
  • Trust and social support among refugees and officials, neighbors, etc.
  • Conflicts over belonging and national identities /

As part of the process, we will examine questions of where integration happens and how can we understand the range of responses among Finns.

Aims and learning outcomes:

After successfully completing this course students should be able to:

  • understand refugees’ life situations from varied perspectives
  • analyze structural, social, and everyday factors shaping  refugees’ adaptation to their new environments
  • understand the challenges and possibilities transnational social networks presents to refugees
  • participate and engage within multicultural groups
  • evaluate official and unofficial Finnish strategies to encourage refugee integration


Learning / teaching methods: The pedagogical foundation relies heavily on experiential learning (e.g. Kolb) and active learning (e.g. Bonwell & Eison; Revans). Learning methods include lectures, readings (to be specified later) discussions and exercises during the classes. Further, field visits, individual / group assignments are to be completed during the course, partly outside the lecture hours. Students are encouraged to contribute to the lectures actively through discussions.

Assessment: The course is evaluated with a grading scale from 1 to 5 (0=fail, 1=satisfactory, 3=good, 4= very good, 5 = excellent). The criteria will be discussed in more detail during the first lecture.

Timing: 5 - 9 June

Class hours:

Monday 5.6. at 9.00 - 15.00
Tuesday 6.6. at 9.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 7.6. at 12.00 – 15.00
Thursday 8.6. at 9.00-15.00
Friday 9.6. at 9.00 - 12.00



KVVA103 Introduction to Intercultural Communication

by Department of Communication

ECTS credits: 5

Lecturer:Stephen M. Croucher, Phd, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Target group: Communication students, minors in communication, exchange students at the university, and students who have an interest in communication and/or culture

The aim: to introduce the fundamental principles and issues of intercultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as to develop perception and appreciation of different cultural perspectives and values.

Learning outcomes: On completion of this course the student will be able to

  • identify major researchers in intercultural communication and describe their contribution to the field
  • critically discuss the fundamental principles and topics in intercultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • perceive different cultural perspectives and values and appreciate cultural diversity
  • analyse communication between people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in both national and international settings.


Mode of study: lecture

Assessment: Active participation in the lectures and final examination

Timing: 5 - 9 June

Class hours:



LYTA509 Sport Marketing

by the Department of Sport Sciences

ECTS credits: 2 or 4
For 2 ECTS credits: Pre-assignment 15 % active participation in lectures 15 %, group work 30 % and lecture diary 40 %.
For 4 ECTS credits:  Pre-assignment 15 %, active participation in lectures 15 %, group work 30 % and lecture diary 10 % + written assignment of 10-12 pages 30 %.

MSc Mihaly Szerovay, University of Jyväskylä (coordinator)
MSc Anna Lee, University of Jyväskylä (coordinator)

Target group: Primarily students of sport management/sport sciences/marketing

Learning Outcomes:
 On successful completion of this course, student is able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of the elements behind the concepts and models of marketing, event management, and sponsorship in sports

Content: The course will introduce students to the concepts and theory of sport marketing, event management, and sport sponsorship. Under the expert guidance of international lecturers, the fundamental reasoning of these topics will be discussed and applied to specific practical cases.

Modes of Study: Lectures and seminars 24 hours, pre-assignment, group work presentations, lecture diary, writing assignment

Additional Literature: Reading for pre-assignment to be announced before the module.

Modes of Completion:
1) For 2 ECTS credits: Pre-assignment 15 % active participation in lectures 15 %, group work 30 % and lecture diary 40 %.
2) For 4 ECTS credits:  Pre-assignment 15 %, active participation in lectures 15 %, group work 30 % and lecture diary 10 % + written assignment of 10-12 pages 30 %.

Grading: 0-5

Timing: 5 - 9 June, 2017

Location: Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences


YTP216 Introduction to Management and Leadership

by Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics (JSBE)

ECTS credits: 4

Virpi Malin, PhD, University teacher and pedagogical director, JSBE
Jonathan Murphy, PhD, Senior lecturer in International Management, Cardiff Business School, UK
Anne Pässilä, PhD, Research Scholar, Lappeenranta University of Technology
Allan Owens, PhD, Professor, University of Chester, UK

Target group:  Anybody interested in theoretical and practical understanding of management and leadership in organizations. Suitable for business school students on bachelor-level (students studying at JSBE can gain 6 credits by doing extra assignments for passing YTPP211, which is in our regular program)

Course description/learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe and use the main concepts and theories of management and leadership
  • address and critically evaluate some contemporary concerns in management and business practices
  • understand, examine and reflect organizational behavior from individual, group and organizational perspectives
  • address and reflect the main issues of learning and knowledge creation in organizations
  • evaluate the changing nature of business environment culturally and internationally
  • integrate ethical values to management and leadership
  • evaluate her/his own interest in managerial work



The course will introduce the main concepts of management and leadership in organization:

  • Development of management theory
  • Managerial work and leadership in organizations
  • Individuals and groups in organization
  • Organizational environment and culture
  • International business
  • Critical thinking in management and leadership
  • Arts-based initiatives in management


Mode of study: Workshop (including lectures and reflexive individual/group work)

Assessment: Active participation, group/individual assignments (including pre-assignment – instructions to be given to registered students). Evaluation criteria to be discussed during the first session.

Course material: Stephen P. Robbins, Tim Judge: Essentials of Organizational Behavior, Global Edition, Dawsonera e-Book collection, additional material to be given during the workshop

Timing: 6 – 9 June

Class hours:
Tuesday 12-16
Wednesday 10-15:30
Thursday 10-15:30
Friday 9-14:30

Location:  (not yet confirmed)

SPTP101 Introduction to Gender Studies

by Department of of Social Sciences and Philosophy

ECTS credits: 2-5.
Active participation in lectures and discussions (70%), writing a personal learning log/diary (30%), equal 2 ECTS.
If someone wants to complete additional credits, they can write an additional essay on a topic related to the course. This must be discussed with the instructor either before or during the course.

Lecturer: Eira Juntti, PhD Adjunct Instructor

Target group: Bachelor’s level students in social sciences and humanities, but also more advanced students who have no background in gender studies.

Course description: The course offers an overview of gender studies as a field within social sciences. The most common theoretical approaches to gender as well as current research topics (e.g. representation of gender in the media, gender and sports) will be discussed.

Mode of study: Lectures, discussions, learning log/diary.  24h.

Assessment: Active participation in lectures and discussions (70%), writing a personal learning log/diary (30%), equal 2 ECTS. The course is graded on the scale of 1-5.

If someone wants to complete additional credits, they can write an additional essay on a topic related to the course. Such additional work must be discussed with the instructor either before or during the course and completed within an agreed upon time frame.

Timing: 5-9 June

Class hours: Mon-Fri 10:00- 12:00 and 12:30-15:30.



ETNA013 Studies in Cultural Anthropology

by the Department of History & Ethnology

ECTS credits: 4

Lecturer: Riitta Hänninen, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher

Aims and Content: The aim of this course is to introduce students in to the basics of cultural anthropology. As a discipline anthropology seeks to understand the motives and places of human behavior in different cultural contexts throughout the world.

All humans are born with the same basic characteristics but depending on where they grow up each individual is exposed to different climates, foods, languages, religious beliefs and so on.

Alongside with the history, theory and methods in cultural anthropology the students will also be familiarized with the multifaceted fields of inquiry conducted within the discipline both in past as well as in present.

Mode of Study: Lectures, audiovisual materials, group discussions and an examination.

Timing: 5 - 9 June

Class hours:



MCE0270 Learning and Teaching in the Context of Growing Diversity

by Department of Teacher Education

ECTS credits: 3

Lecturer: Katarzyna Kärkkäinen, Researcher, FIER and Teacher Education Department, University of Jyväskylä

Target group: The course is suitable to all students interested in issues of approaching diversity and diverse students in various learning settings (educational institutions, workplaces). Pre-knowledge on matters related to culture and language in education and in society is of value, however it is not required. Students of all subjects and of various backgrounds are welcome.

Working methods: Lectures, active discussion during lectures, group discussions and group work, reading and assignments to be completed outside course hours, learning diary

Content: The course deals with aspects related to growing diversity in education and society. The course focuses especially on learning and teaching in various learning settings (educational institutions, workplace learning sites) characterized by increased linguistic and cultural diversity. All above students will work to improve their understanding of the context in which individuals with migration background live and learn. The course offers an opportunity to critical reflection on matters related to culture, language and personal differences in learning and teaching. The course touches also upon relationship between learning, teaching and integration. The course covers following topics:

  • social context of learning (trends in international and national migration, migration and integration policies, migrants position in a new country of residence)
  • learning and living in a new context
  • different starting points for learning and teaching
  • language and culture vs. personal differences in learning and teaching
  • learning and teaching practices for learning settings characterized by increased diversity, especially in terms of  linguistic and cultural diversity
  • possibilities, tensions and limitations connected to migrants’ participation in formal education


Aims: On successful completion of this course, students are able to:

  • understand the specifics of learning and living in a new linguistic and cultural context
  • recognize the founds of knowledge of students with various backgrounds
  • critically reflect on language and culture aspects in education and in society
  • be aware of their own starting points and biases in approaching linguistic and cultural differences in different learning sites
  • analyze and reflect on their own practices and behaviors in multicultural and multilingual learning sites
  • be aware of and be able to use potential pedagogies for growing diversity in various learning settings
  • understand the challenges and possibilities that participation in education presents to getting forward in a new country of residence

Assessment: The course is evaluated with a grading scale from 1 to 5 (0=fail, 1=satisfactory, 3=good, 4= very good, 5 = excellent). The criteria will be discussed in more detail during the first class.

Timing: 12- 16 June

Class hours:
Monday 12. 6. at 9.00 - 15.00
Tuesday 13. 6 at 9.00 - 15.00
Wednesday 14. 6. at 12.00 – 15.00
Thursday 15. 6. at 9.00-15.00
Friday 16. 6. at 9.00 - 12.00



MMTS023 Approaches and Methods in Music Cognition & Perception

by Department of Music

ECTS credits: 5

Instructor: Marc Thompson, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Music, Mind & Technology and Researcher at Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (and colleagues TBD)

Level: advanced Bachelors/Masters course

Target group: suitable for both Music majors and Psychology majors (but formal music training is not required)

After completing the course the student is able to:

  • Describe main research areas and key findings in music perception and cognition research
  • Understand key issues that govern the cognitive processes involved in music perception and production 
  • Understand the basics of main methodologies used to study music perception
  • Practical component: introduction to Motion Capture Lab, or to MIDI Toolbox and MIRToolbox

Timing: 12 -16 June

Class hours: five hours per day, three hour lecture+two hour workshop



KTTP731 Comparative Economic Systems

by Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

ECTS credits:2

Lecturers: Tomi Ovaska, Ph.D. (Economics), Associate Professor, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Esa Mangeloja, Dr., Senior Lecturer, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics

Books: Gregory, Paul R and Robert C. Stuart: “Comparing Economic Systems in the Twenty-First Century.” Seventh edition. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, MA (purchase of book not required).

Prerequisites: Two semesters of university studies

Course Description:

The class is divided into four main parts. The first part focuses on the field of comparative economic systems, how economic systems are classified and analyzed, and how we might assess the impact of differing economic systems upon resource allocation, economic growth, and welfare. In the second part, we turn to a discussion of economic systems in theory, in particular capitalism and classical socialism, and the contemporary mixed systems. In the third part we discuss economic systems in practice and analyze the major reason for the emergence of the transition era, namely the economic collapse of the major planned socialist economic systems. In the fourth part of the class we discuss the transition theory and selected transition issues, using China, Russia and Eastern Europe as real world examples of transition economies, and evaluate the recent success of those transition economies and future challenges they face. The main point of the course is to highlight how even small changes in institutional alignment of society affect people’s incentives for economic action, the direction of the action being fully dependent on the nature of the institutional change.

Grading: Students will be graded on the basis of class participation, class attendance and a final exam. The exam will consist of the lecture notes and any material discussed in class.

Expectations: Read the previous day’s lecture notes before every class. If you encounter problems with the class material that you cannot solve, or need help of any sort concerning the class, please come to see me. From my previous experience in this class I know that coming to class is a very important part of understanding the material and thus directly impacts your grade. You should think of each class as a guided study session! If you do miss any part of a class, you should get the notes for the missed part from another student. Finally, to minimize distractions in class, all electronics must be turned off during lectures.  


Gregory, Paul R and Robert C. Stuart: “Comparing Economic Systems in the Twenty-First Century.” Seventh edition. Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, MA.

PART 1. Economic Systems: Issues, Definitions, Comparisons

1.1. Economic Systems after the Collapse of Communism
1.2. Definition and Classification
1.3. Evaluation of Economic Outcomes
1.4. Reform and Transition: Evolution or Revolution?

PART 2. Economic Systems in Theory

2.1. Theory of Capitalism
2.2. Theory of Planned Socialism
2.3. Theory of Market Socialism

PART 3. Economic Systems in Practice

3.1. The American Economy: Market Capitalism
3.2. The Soviet Command Economy
3.3. China: Moving Toward Market Socialism?
3.4. The European Model: Variants of Industrialized Capitalism
3.5. The Asian Model
3.6. The Command Economies: Performance and Decline

PART 4. Moving Towards a Market Economy

4.1. Transition
4.2. China
4.3. Russia
4.4. Eastern Europe
4.5. Lessons of the Past 20 years
4.6. Conclusions and Prospects

Timing: 12 - 16 June

Class hours:



Cultural Economy and Work

by the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

ECTS credits: 5

Name of the lecturer(s): Mikko Jakonen (Senior Lecturer, Cultural Policy), Miikka Pyykkönen (Professor, Cultural Policy)

Subject/field: Cultural Policy and Cultural Economy

Number of contact hours: 24

Course description: The course provides an overview of cultural economics linked with the cultural sector, cultural industries and cultural policy. The course deals with topics such as the market demand for arts and culture, the status of artists, art and culture as work, creative economy, cultural entrepreneurship, commons, precarization, the determinants of participation in arts and culture, welfare economics, market failures such as externalities and public goods in the cultural sector, the non-market demand for arts and culture, cost-benefit analysis, production, productivity and the earning gap, the value of fine art and the economics of intellectual property.

Assessment: Group work and essay

Timing: 12 - 16 June

Class hours:



Challenges in Comparative Education Research

by Department of Education

ECTS credits: 3-5

Level of the course: Doctoral

Lecturer: David Hoffman, Senior Researcher, Ph.D. (Social Sciences), Finnish Institute for Educational Research, Docent of Higher Education and Educational Leadership

Type: Workshop

Description: This course problematizes the challenges inherent in saying something novel, interesting and important regarding the role education plays across contemporary societies. There is no shortage of superficial analysis with respect to education as a social institution, set of organizations, interrelated professions and key stakeholders. That said, new insights based on out-of-the-box thinking and research is rare. This is especially true when it comes to high-risk/high-gain/high-stakes research focused on the comparative framing of societal challenges that span the globe, yet manifest in highly specific and situated settings. The approach advanced in this course is based on the recent award-winning critical, comparative research of the instructor and colleagues.

Maximum number of participants: 12

Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition:

  • No more than four participants from any one university (including JyU) are eligible, unless there are ‘unused’ spaces after the application deadline.
  • Participants enrolled in a doctoral program have preference over students who are not.
  • Participants with clear, concise research proposal summary (no more than 3 pages) have preference over those who do not.
  • Instructors in doctoral level courses have case-by-case discretion regarding admission if there are unused spaces after the application deadline.


The following should be attached to the application:

  • a certificate of registration at your home institution
  • a document (preferably in pdf -format) where you have included the following information: the name of your home university, program, faculty, department, institute or unit, along with the name, phone number and email address of an academic who can confirm that you are in a program leading to a doctorate in that university
  • a concise (no more than three pages) research proposal summary


Assessment: complete/incomplete

Timing: 12 – 16 June

Class hours: to be announced

Location: to be announced