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: Juha Kauppila,  
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 in Finnish society
  • be conversant with the tradition of free, non-formal education and the different forms of the mani-festation of active citizenship in Finland and abroad
  • be familiar with operations of institutions offering active citizenship and free, non-formal education


1) Introduction to Finnish adult education, free, non-formal education and the concept of active citizenship. 2) Students should be conversant with the free, non-formal education and active citizenship in their own country and culture by doing presentation on the subjects. 3) Visitation program includes field work visits to institutions promoting free, non-formal education and active citizenship.
Modes of study: Student choose from two alternatives:
1.    Lectures 2 h, seminar work 8 h, visiting program 6 h, writing seminar report (4-6 pages and inde-pendent work 119 h.
2.    Lectures, seminar work and visiting program is possible to compensate project work, writing seminar report (4-6 pages) and independent work 135 h.
Teaching methods: After orientation lectures the students will participate visiting program and seminar. Two presentations in a seminar.
Study materials: Material on Moodle.
Evaluation criteria: Seminars: pass/fail. Seminar report: 0-5
Teachers: To be announced.