Introduction to the Programme

Due to global transformations of modes of production, labour markets, lifestyles, welfare, environment and government, existing societies and their borders have become porous: socio-economic transactions, negotiations, and migrations involve crossing both physical and non-physical borders more than ever for various reasons. At the same time, other borders have become both leaky and re-organised: there exist novel arrangements of cultures, of living together, of organising communal life, and of governing change. In such situations, border regions stand as a nodal point of life, study and research.

The Border Crossings: Global and Local Societies in Transition Master’s Degree Programme engages with such realities: one learns the key aspects of global transformation and their effects on governments and citizens, their well-being and societal life. Border Crossings teaching focuses on the border regions in the North of Europe, but approaches this transformation from a comparative and global point of view, thus providing students with a stimulating academic environment – along the Finnish-Russian border – in which to pursue studies.

Teaching is provided by noted experts and researchers from many fields and departments of the faculty, including Human Geography (GEO), History (HIS), Sociology (SOC), Social and Public Policy (SPP), Environmental Policy (EnP), the Karelian Institute (KTL), the VERA Centre for Russian and Border Studies, and the School of Theology and the School of Humanities of the Philosophical Faculty.