Active Citizenship and Non-formal Education

Time: 12-23 August 2019

Campus: Joensuu

Duration and credits: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master (and Bachelor)
Max. number of attendees: to be announced
Course coordinator: Henna Timonen,
Responsible department: School of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Learning outcomes: Students should

  • be familiar with the position and status of adult education as part of the Finnish education system, especially the significance of free, non-formal education
  • be conversant with the concept of active citizenship in a framework of adult education
  • be familiar with the concept of intergenerational learning and different approaches of intergenerational learning

Introduction: Monday 12.8. 10-12
Module 2: Pedagogical Viewpoints. Tuesday 13.8. 12-14
Module 3: Questions of Equality and Democracy related to IGL and AC. Thursday 15.8. at 14-16
Module 4: Life Course Approach. Friday 16.8. 12-14
Module 5: Active citizenship, adult education and IGL in Modern Societies. Tuesday 20.8. 9-11
Ending Seminar: Friday 23.8. 12-14


1) Introduction to Finnish adult education and the concepts of active citizenship and intergenerational learning (IGL). 2) Five lectures in different thematic areas with independent assignments in each one. 3) Visitation program to institutions promoting active citizenship and/or IGL.
Modes of study: Five independent learning modules for both present and distant learners:
Module 1: Introduction to the Course and Central Concepts. Pre-reads and pre-questionnaires for students provided by the end of June.
Module 2: Pedagogical Viewpoints. Introducing some of the pedagogical methods related to active citizenship and IGL. Assignment: Writing a short essay (max 3 pages) on a chosen method. y
Module 3: Questions of Equality and Democracy related to IGL and AC. Assignment: Written assignment (3 pages).
Module 4: Life Course Approach. Introducing the concepts related to life-course and life-course research. Introducing some research project related to the topic in UEF. Assignment: Pre-task of interviewing a relative before the course and presenting the process and central findings in the ending seminar. Instructions for the task provided by the end of June.
Module 5: Active citizenship, adult education and IGL in Modern Societies. Assignment: Creating a short video of one of the organizations of the visit program.
Visitation program: Two visits to social organizations promoting IGL and/or Active Citizenship. Visitation program to be announced in July.
Reflection report: After the course students write a short report with self-evaluation and feedback for the course. Submission by the end of August.
Teaching methods: Lectures, ending seminar and visitation program.
Study materials: Students are provided with pre-reads and pre-tasks in June. Majority of the material will be either Open Access or accessibility will be guaranteed by other means.
Evaluation criteria: Seminars: pass/fail. Written assignments 0-5.
Teachers: Juha Kauppila (UEF)