Scandinavian Studies Programme

The Scandinavian Studies Programme offers introductory level courses from different disciplines that are represented at the Faculty of Humanities. The courses are offered to both Oulu University degree students as well as international exchange students.

Due to the large amount of applications every year, students coming from the bilateral partner institutions (outside of Europe) and from the Erasmus partner institutions of the Faculty of Humanities have priority for enrolment to the courses. Students from other Faculties are also welcome to the courses where there is room.




683707P Survival Finnish, 2 ECTS, 1 US cr         

Introductory Finnish course for students to help them to cope in everyday situations. Everyday phrases, some general features of the vocabulary and grammar and main aspects of the pronunciation of Finnish.

NB! Group size of the course is restricted to 25 students.


683708P Saami Culture, 5 ECTS, 2.5 US cr     

An examination of the Saami people, their traditional culture, literature, arts, and music, as well as contemporary Saami society. Some attention will be paid to other minority and Fourth World Nations perspectives as well.


683709P Finnish Political System, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr          

The objective of the course is to introduce students to the Finnish political system. After the course the students should understand how the political system of Finland operates and how the Nordic model of politics differs from other democracies. The course is organized as an intensive three-day course.


683710P Scandinavian Prehistory, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr               

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to describe ancient remains, prehistoric objects and cultural processes in general terms. The students will also be able to describe the material, areal, social and economical basics of Scandinavian folk culture.


683711P Viking Age, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr

A survey of history from the Viking Age to the Middle Ages. How cities and towns are reflecting the Finnish cultural development and understanding of built environment.


683712P Introduction to Finnish History, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr

The course gives an outline of Finnish history from the Middle Ages to the present. The purpose is to show how Finland as a sovereign state came into being. However, the course does not emphasize only political history but different aspects of Finnish history are dealt within the course, such as social and cultural history.

After the course the student will be able to comprehend the geopolitical position of Finland against the historical background as well as the relationship between Finland and its neighboring countries.


683713P Nordic Mythology, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr

The course investigates traditional and contemporary Finnish and Scandinavian folklore and mythologies and their uses in the arts, social life, and politics in the Nordic countries both past and present.

Upon the completion of the course, the students will be familiar with the mythological heritage of Scandinavia and its contemporary expressions.


683714P Finnish Literature, 3 ECTS, 1,5 US cr

Course is an introduction to Finnish literature. It consists of lectures and seminar work. Students will be familiarized with a selection of works by prominent Finnish authors and will receive a general understanding of Finnish literature from the 19th to the 21st century. The course emphasizes discussion, analysis and active participation by students.


683715P Scandinavian Literature, 3 ECTS, 1.5 US cr

The course explores Scandinavian literature through different genres and prominent/popular literary works from the 19th century to the present. A selection of texts by famous Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic authors is discussed against the background of contemporary society and its cultural climate.

Work forms include lectures, group work, student presentations, readings and discussions.


683716P Humans and Environment, 4 ECTS, 2 US cr    

The course explores the interrelations between human societies and their natural environments in Finland and Scandinavia by investigating such topics as climate change, tourism, adaptation, and environmental hazards.

After the course the students will understand the basics of human-environment interaction in the region.




683717P - Anthropology of Finland, 5 ECTS, 2.5 US cr

An introduction on Finnish culture and society from a holistic perspective. Its purpose is to cover some important aspects (Education, Nature, History, Social organization) of Finland through literature, discussion and lectures. Students will have a better idea of some basic concepts of anthropology and will have a deeper understanding of Finnish culture and society.


683718P - The Baltic Sea: Marine Environment, People and Space, 5 ECTS, 2.5 US cr

Surrounded by ten countries, the Baltic Sea forms an incontestable geographical and historical entity in Northern Europe. The course explores the physical particularities of the marine environment and the short and long-term changes that the sea undergoes. It also addresses the development of human activities and the interactions with the natural environment, i.e. the past and current adaptation of human activities to environmental changes and the impacts of human pressures on marine ecosystems.

Finally the course introduces a regional perspective of the Baltic Sea Region presented as a good example of regionalism and transnational cooperation. Students will get familiar with topics such as eutrophication, sea ice, climate change, navigation, tourism, EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region among others.


683719P - Language in Society, 5 ECTS, 2.5 US cr

Introduction to different sociolinguistic themes and phenomena, including dialects and the variation of spoken language, language ideologies and attitudes, multilingualism, minority languages and language policies. The Finnish language and society act as an example and the starter point of the course. The approach is quite popular, so previous studies in linguistics are not required.

Last updated: 5.6.2019