Studies

The Department of Geographical and Historical Studies offers undergraduate and postgraduate education in Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Policy, Finnish History and General History. The department has organised two English-language Master’s Degree Programmes. The Master’s Degree Programme Border Crossings: Global and Local Societies in Transition focuses on national and European identities, mobilities and migration, multi-culturalism and citizenship, and cross-border co-operation. Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change: a Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law, which provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessment concerning climate change and sustainable management of natural resources. The department also offers the international, non-degree study programme Karelia, Russia and the Baltic Area.

Courses for exchange students

All of the courses in English offered by the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies listed below are open to exchange students – please check the individual course descriptions in WebOodi to confirm their yearly availability.

Exchange students can participate in BOTH Bachelor's and Master's level courses, regardless of their level of study at their home institution. Courses organised at the Bachelor’s level are more general and recommended for students in their 2-3 years of study, while courses offered at the Master’s level are more specialised and recommended for students in their 4-5 years of study. However, students of all years may take any of the courses without special difficulties.

Courses in English in Environmental Policy, Geography and History, Academic Year 2019–2020

Autumn semester 2019

Geography

Master’s level

  • 5114119 The Economic Development of Border Regions, 3 ECTS
  • 5117339 Ethnic Conflicts in the post-Soviet Borderlands, 5 ECTS
  • 5117338 Post-Soviet Russia on the EU’s Border, 5 ECTS
  • 5117342 Regional Development and Territorial Co-operation in Europe, 5 ECTS
  • 5117356 A Student’s guide to creating Excursions, 2 ECTS
  • 5117356 Practical field course in St. Petersburg for geography and history students, 5 ECTS
  • 5117349 Border Politics and Security, 5 ECTS
  • 5116331 GIS Modelling and analysis, 5 ECTS
  • 5116345 Literature of Geoinformatics I, 5 ECTS literature examination
  • 5116359 Physical Geography, literature, 5 ECTS, literature examination

Environmental Policy

Master’s level

  • 5119161 Sustainability and Natural Resources, 5 ECTS
  • 5119175 Environmental Policy Instruments and Natural Resources Governance, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 A Student’s guide to creating Excursions, 2 ECTS
  • 5119163 Mining, environment and society II, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119157 Community Engagement and Conflict Resolution in Natural Resources, literature, 3 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119176 Contemporary Issues in Environmental Policy, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119155 Natural Resource Governance, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119165 Food and society II, 5 ECTS, literature examination

History

Bachelor’s level

  • 5111122 Major developments in world history from the Renaissance up to today, 5 ECTS
  • 5114102 History of Autonomous Finland (1809-1917), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5114103 History of Independent Finland (1917-), 2-10 ECTS, independent study

Master’s level

  • 5114101a Seminar on Finnish-Russian Borderland, 5 ECTS
  • 5114104 History of Russia under the Romanovs, 2 ECTS
  • 5114107 Territorial Border Conflicts I, 2 ECTS
  • 5111603 History of colonization and decolonization in (Central) Africa, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 A Student’s guide to creating Excursions, 2 ECTS
  • 5117356 Practical field course in St. Petersburg for geography and history students, 5 ECTS
  • 5114102 History of Autonomous Finland (1809-1917), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5114103 History of Independent Finland (1917-), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5111596 History of Globalization 5 ECTS, literature examination

 

Spring semester 2020

Geography

Bachelor’s level

  • 5117354 Critical Geography of the European Union, 5 ECTS
  • 5114118 Borders and the European Union, 3 ECTS

Master’s level

  • 5117329 European Borders: Nation-building, Integration and the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, 5 ECTS
  • 5117332 Critical Geopolitics and Border Theories, 5 ECTS
  • 5117355 Global Migration: Theories and Practices, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 “Good Neighbours”: Russia’s Cross-Border Twin Towns in practice and comparative perspective, 5 ECTS
  • 5116345 Literature of Geoinformatics I, 5 ECTS literature examination
  • 5116359 Physical Geography, literature, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5117348 Local Mobilization and Community Development in a Rural-Urban Context, 5ECTS (depending on funding, not organized 2019-2020)

Environmental Policy

Master’s level

  • 5119162 Mining, environment and society I, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 ‘Forest Empire’: Soviet Environmental and Technological Development during the Cold War, 5 ECTS
  • 5119154 Theories and methods for social studies of environmental issues, 5 ECTS
  • 5119177 Community Engagement and Conflict Resolution in Natural Resources, 5 ECTS
  • 5119164 Food and Society I, 5 ECTS
  • 5119163 Mining, environment and society II, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119157 Community Engagement and Conflict Resolution in Natural Resources, literature, 3 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119176 Contemporary Issues in Environmental Policy, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119155 Natural Resource Governance, 5 ECTS, literature examination
  • 5119165 Food and society II, 5 ECTS, literature examination

History

Bachelor’s level

  • 5111232 History of Ideas and Cultural History, 5 ECTS
  • 5114102 History of Autonomous Finland (1809-1917), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5114103 History of Independent Finland (1917-), 2-10 ECTS, independent study

Master’s level

  • 5114101b Seminar on Finnish-Russian Borderland, 5 ECTS
  • 5114105 History of the Soviet Union, 2 ECTS  
  • 5114108 Territorial Border Conflicts II, 3 ECTS
  • 5111813 History of Historiography and Theory of History, 5 ECTS
  • 5111598 History of Medicine, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 “Good Neighbours”: Russia’s Cross-Border Twin Towns in practice and comparative perspective, 5 ECTS
  • 5111806 ‘Forest Empire’: Soviet Environmental and Technological Development during the Cold War, 5 ECTS
  • 5114102 History of Autonomous Finland (1809-1917), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5114103 History of Independent Finland (1917-), 2-10 ECTS, independent study
  • 5111596 History of Globalization 5 ECTS, literature examination

Further information and guidance

Departmental exchange coordinators:

Adjunct Professor Paul Fryer
email: paul.fryer (at )uef.fi

Student coordinator Outi Väyrynen
email: outi.vayrynen (at )uef.fi