Elective Studies

Minor studies

If a student completes at least 15 credits in the same subject (for example Environmental policy, Environmental Law, European Law, Business Studies), those studies will be registered as "Other Studies" on her/his degree certificate under the title Minor. In theory, it is also possible to complete basic studies (25 credits) in a chosen minor. However, at UEF it is difficult to find basic studies that are offered totally in English.

Which courses to take?

The student can choose freely elective courses (20 credits). However, there are a few guidelines to follow.

  • When choosing elective studies it is highly recommended that the student chooses courses which are closely linked to chosen major.
  • The programme coordinator and secretary will assist the student in choosing the most appropriate elective studies regarding each student's individual expertise.
  • Elective studies will be a part of each student's personal study plan (PSP).
  • All available courses are listed in WebOodi.
  • Some faculties and departments limit the amount of students coming from other departments.

Suitable courses:

1. If student's major is Natural Resources Governance it is highly recommended that student completes 15 or more credits in Environmental Law (and vice versa).

2. Other suitable courses/combinations for elective studies:

  • International Trade Law (basic studies 25 cp), Energy Law, Food Law, EU Law etc.
  • Courses offered by the MDP International Economic and Resources Law
  • Courses offered by the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies
  • Practical Training (Environmental and climate change law 5311007, 8 cp / Natural resources governance 5116306, 8 cp)

3. Courses offered by the Law School (various suitable courses on cross-cutting legal issues that are highly useful for lawyers working in the field of environmental law)

  • 5311918 Classics of Legal Theory 5 cp
  • 5311416 Russian Legal Culture 5 cp
  • 5311513 Basic Concepts of Criminal Law 5 cp
  • 5311515 Nordic Criminal Law 5 cp
  • 5311644 Law and the Internet 3 cp
  • 5311414 Introduction to Law and Economics 5 cp
  • 5311415 Theory of Regulation 6 cp    
  • 5311929 Qualitative Approaches for Empirical Legal Research 4 cp

4. Courses offered by the Other Faculties or Departments:

  • 3125203 Sustainable Water Management 5 cp
  • 3123154 New challenges in crop science 4 cp

Forest sciences, for example:

  • 3513019 Bioenergy Markets and Policies 6 cp
  • 3513135 Innovation Management 4 cp
  • 3511005 Conservation of Biodiversity in Forest Ecosystems 3 cp
  • 3513127 Current issues in forest conservation and biodiversity 3 cp
  • 3513040 Economics of multiple-use forestry 3cp
  • 3513144 Analysis in Forest Economics and Policy 6 cp
  • 3513044 Forestry in Russia 5 cp

Climate science:

  • 3352703  Climate Change 5 cp  (Applied Physics)
 


Academic freedom

Academic freedom is one of the fundamental values of the Finnish university system. It emphasises independent study and opens up many opportunities to students. In many cases students can basically choose what to study (such as elective studies, 20 credits) and when to study (such as every book exam, arranged two to four times per academic year.) Due to academic freedom it is not compulsory to participate in all lectures if that is not specified in the course description. Academic freedom goes hand-in-hand with academic responsibility – it is up to the students themselves to plan, schedule and complete their studies.

Just 120 credits or more?

Due to the relatively high level of academic freedom in Finnish universities, students can complete more than 120 credits during their Master's Degree. There are no restrictions concerning the maximum degree. It is highly recommended that students at first accomplish all the compulsory and elective parts of their minimum degree.

 

Minor study packages in law

UEF Law School offers different 25 cp Basic studies packages in English.
 

5311101 Basic Studies in European Law 25cp

  • Basic studies in European Law consist of predetermined courses.
  • 5311105 Public EU Law 5 op
  • 5311106 EU Law in Member States 5 op
  • 5311107 Objectives, Principles and Interpretation of EU Law 5 op
  • 5311109 Internal Market Law 5 op
  • 5311112 Economic and Institutional European Law 5 cp

If the course 5311105 Public EU Law 5 cp is included in the student’s compulsory studies, the student will supplement the package to 25 cp with the course 5311094 EU Constitutional Law 5 cp.
Contact person: Professor Kim Talus
 

5311063 Basic Studies in International Law 25 cp

Basic Studies in International Law (25 cp) consist of two obligatory courses. Be-sides the two obligatory courses, students are free to choose how they compile the courses for the basic studies (25 cp).

  • 5311093 Public International Law 5 op
  • 5311014 Seminar on International Dispute Settlement 5 op
  • 5311115 International Energy Law and Policy 5 op
  • 5311720 International Environmental Law I 5 op
  • 5311721 Climate Change Law and Policy 5 op
  • 5311722 Seminar on International and European International Law 5 op

If the course 5311093 Public International Law 5 cp is included in the student’s compulsory studies, the student will supplement the package to 25 cp with an-other course on the list.
Contact person: Professor Päivi Leino-Sandberg
 

5311055 Basic Studies in International Commercial Law, choose min 25 cp

  • 5311608 Introduction to Russian Law and State 5 cp
  • 5311655 Intellectual Property Rights and International Trade 5 cp
  • 5311632 Law and the Internet 5 cp
  • 5311639 International Business Contracts 5 cp
  • 5311641 EU Food Law 5 cp
  • 5311654 Food Law and Policy 5cp
  • 5311642 Intellectual Property Rights in Food 5 cp
  • 5311635 Contract Negotiations 5 cp
  • 5311621 Client Consultation 5 cp

Students studying in MDP in International Economic and Resources Law major-ing in Economic Law and Policy cannot complete this Basic studies package.
Contact person: Professor Katja Lindroos
 

5311070 Basic Studies in Resources Law, choose min 25cp

  • 5311115 International Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
  • 5311114 EU Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
  • 5311654 Food Law and Policy 5cp
  • 5311732 WTO: Environment, Clean Energy and Natural Resources (trade and resources) 5cp
  • 5311641 EU Food Law 5 cp
  • 5319108 International Law and Forests 4 cp
  • 5311731 International Water Law 5 cp
  • 5311721 Climate Change Law and Policy 5 cp

If a student completes five courses that total to 24 cp, the student will supplement the package to 25 cp with the course 5319305 Workshops, conferences, doctoral dissertations and other extra-curricular activities 1-10 cp. Students studying in MDP in International Economic and Resources Law majoring in Resources Law and Policy cannot complete this Basic studies package.
Contact person: Professor Kim Talus
 

5311069 Basic Studies in Food Law and Policy, choose min. 25cp

  • 5119164 Food and Society I 5 cp
  • 5119165 Food and Society II 5 op
  • 5311654 Food Law and Policy 5cp
  • 5311640 Animal Law and Policy 5 cp
  • 5311641 EU Food Law 5 cp
  • 5311642 Intellectual Property Rights in Food 5 cp

Contact person: Professor Katja Lindroos
 

5311071 Basic Studies in Environmental and Climate Change Law, choose min 25cp

  • 5311719 Introduction to Environmental Law 4 cp
  • 5311736 International Environmental Law II 5 cp
  • 5311115 International Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
  • 5311732 WTO: Environment, Clean Energy and Natural Resources (trade and resources) 5 cp
  • 5311709 European Environmental Law 4 cp
  • 5311720 International Environmental Law I 5 cp
  • 5311721 Climate Change Law and Policy 5 cp

If a student completes five courses that total to 23 cp or 24 cp, the student will supplement the package to 25 cp with the course 5319305 Workshops, confer-ences, doctoral dissertations and other extra-curricular activities 1-10 cp. Students studying in MDP in Environmental Policy and Law majoring in Environmental and Climate Change Law cannot complete this Basic studies package.
Contact person: Professor Harro van Asselt