Studies at University of Oulu 2013-2014

The University of Oulu offers study opportunities with a solid academic foundation ranging from 5-6 year degree programmes and master’s programmes to doctoral training. There are also several possibilities such as open university studies, executive training and continuing education for developing and maintaining skills and competencies.

In addition to a variety of student exchange programmes, international master’s degree programmes in English are offered in six fields of study, making the university an international study environment.

5-6 Year Degree Programmes

BA, Major Subject History of Science and Ideas

Profile of the Degree: 

The University of Oulu is the only Finnish university where you can major in the History of Science and Ideas. This subject is taught by a professor and three university lecturers. The subject has two interrelated perspectives on history. First, history of ideas or intellectual history focuses on beliefs, hopes and fears of past peoples – on the ways in which people have thought about society, nature and human nature. Intellectual historians also study ideologies, concepts and all kinds of “isms” or belief systems, such as liberalism, socialism and nationalism. These phenomena and ideas are related to the scientific modes of thought, but also to the spheres of economy, politics and religion. In Oulu, researchers study the Enlightenment and its legacy, utopianism and a wide spectrum of political ideas from conservatism to anarchism.

History of science explores changes in the understanding of science and how scientific practices have evolved over time. History of science has traditionally emphasized the study of medicine and natural sciences, but research on the human sciences is equally important. In Oulu, research topics include history of medicine, psychology and psychiatry as well as the physical sciences and the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries. Historians of science also examine how scientific data has been collected and analysed, what sort of knowledge has been considered “scientific” and how science interlinks with politics, culture and ideologies.

Courses Required for the Degree: 

Bachelor's degree: Major subject History of Science and Ideas (180 ECTS credits)

A Bachelor's degree includes the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits) and Intermediate Studies (45 ECTS credits) in the major subject, in total 70 ECTS credits. The degree must also contain at least one minor subject, consisting of the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits). The scope and number of minor subjects is determined by the major subject or the student’s personal preference. The scope of Intermediate Studies in a minor subject is 35 ECTS credits. The scope of language and communication studies is 15 ECTS credits.

Further information: see Course Structure Diagram.

Learning Outcomes: 

After completing the Basic Studies, students will have the knowledge, skills and conceptual abilities to critically analyse the history of human thought and information acquisition and studies related to it. They will have understood the mode of thinking, the distinctive scientific features and the various approaches of the History of Science and Ideas.

After completing the Intermediate Studies, students will have a multifaceted view on the methods, approaches and source materials of the History of Science and Ideas. They will also have an understanding of the nature of research questions and the breadth of this research field. In addition, students will be familiar with the most important research traditions, methodological trends and the theoretical background of the methods in the History of Science and Ideas.

With reference to the master studies, students will have the skills to present and solve problems scientifically, to use existing information and sources, to document information, to propose arguments and critique and to participate in scientific dialogue. The students will be able to plan and produce small treatises, presentations and other oral or written works which are based on their own expertise and effort as well as on applying scientific information and research.

Learning outcomes: Pedagogical studies

After completing a Bachelor's degree, the student

  • has knowledge of the fundamentals of their respective major and minor subjects and is able to follow and interpret developments in their major subject and its significance with regards to society.
  • has the fundamental skills to work within his/her field of study.
  • is able to independently improve his/her academic skills and take responsibility for his/her own work.
  • is able to apply scholarly methods in interpreting, drawing conclusions and reporting information.
  • is able to apply his/her communication skills according to the conventions within the field of his/her study when disseminating information.
  • is able, in addition to his/her mother tongue, to communicate in either Finnish or Swedish and in at least one foreign language.  (Different requirements apply for foreign degree students)
  • has the necessary knowledge and skills for studies leading to the major subject’s Master's degree, and for continuing education, and has the general qualifications for studies leading to a Master's degree.
Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning: 

The recognition of prior learning follows the main principles as defined by the University of Oulu.

More information: Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Modes of Study: 

Studies are to be carried out fulltime. The average input needed for studies of one academic year is 1600 working hours, which is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Studying fulltime, the entire degree (180 ECTS credits) can be completed in three years. The studies are primarily carried out as contact teaching, but some of the courses can be completed by independent learning (book examinations, essays) or by distance learning. The alternative methods are explained in the study unit descriptions.

Language of Instruction: 

The language of instruction in the major subject is Finnish. Other languages of instruction depend on the minor subjects the student includes in the degree.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading: 

The degree-related studies can be completed based on the curriculum. This means that the student studies the advanced studies and elective studies the curriculum contains, in accordance with the curriculum. The study units are primarily completed by attending examinations and with written assignments and they are assessed by the person responsible for the study unit. The assessment is often based on the grades of final exams and term papers. Also other assessment criteria are used. Study unit descriptions give more exact information on the assessment of study units. A Candidate’s (Bachelor’s) thesis shall be written as the final work in the degree. A Personal Study Plan (PSP) is compiled for each student individually, considering the student’s prior learning and work experience.

Grading: (The University of Oulu Education Regulations 17§): a numerical scale 0-5 in whole numbers or verbal grading Pass or Fail is used in assessing a completed course. In numerical scale zero stands for fail.

In determining the final grade for a study module, a credit-weighted average is utilized. Separate provisions have been laid down for assessing the proficiency in Finnish and Swedish language required in accordance with the Government Decree on University Degrees (794/2004).

Occupational Profiles of Graduates: 

Graduates of History of Science and Ideas have many and varied work prospects, for example teacher, journalist, expert in information administration, public sector administration or non-governmental organization, or researcher.

Access to Further Studies: 

The Bachelor’s degree is required before the commencement of the Master’s level studies.

Graduation Requirements: 

A Bachelor's degree includes the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits) and Intermediate Studies (45 ECTS credits) in the major subject, in total 70 ECTS credits. The Intermediate Studies include a Candidate’s (Bachelor’s) Thesis. A maturity test (0 ECTS) will be administered on the basis of the thesis.

The degree must also contain at least one minor subject, consisting of the Basic Studies (25 ECTS credits). The scope and number of minor subjects is determined by the student’s personal preference. The scope of Intermediate Studies in a minor subject is 35 ECTS credits. The Intermediate Studies in a minor subject do not require a Candidate’s thesis.

The scope of language and communication studies may vary according to the student's choice of minor subjects. Compulsory studies are: Written and Oral Communication Skills (5 ECTS), Second National Language (5 ECTS), and 5 ECTS of studies in a foreign language as well as the Orientation Course for New Students (0 ECTS). A student must also complete the language and communication studies determined by the major subject or degree program (see Course Structure Diagram and Courses Required for Degree).

The study modules included in the degree must be compiled in Oodi (the official student register). This is done by the person responsible for compiling studies in the subject in question. Diplomas are granted by the Dean of Education and distributed to the graduates in the official graduation ceremony. The ceremony is usually held once a month, apart from July and August. Students should register for the graduation ceremony by filling in a form and submitting it to the Faculty Student Affairs. The forms, as well as detailed information on graduation ceremony dates and closing dates for applications, can be found on the website http://www.oulu.fi/hutk/en/studies/graduation.html

Qualification Requirements and Regulations: 

All education in the University of Oulu is based on the principles of the joint European credit transfer system (ECTS) which facilitates the transparency of education and the recognition of degrees at an international level. All degrees awarded from the University of Oulu are recognised by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The Bachelor’s degree (BA) qualifies the student to complete a Master’s degree (MA). The language proficiency requirements of the degree qualify the student for employment in the civil service according to the section on language proficiency, 6 §.

Government Decree on University Degrees 794/2004, Language Proficiency Section 6: Language proficiency

1. The student must demonstrate in studies included in education for a lower or higher University degree or otherwise that he/she has attained:

(1) proficiency in Finnish and Swedish which is required of civil servants in bilingual public agencies and organizations under Section 6(1) of the Act on the Knowledge of Languages Required of Personnel in Public Bodies (424/2003) and which is necessary for their field; and

(2) skills in at least one foreign language needed to follow developments in the field and to operate in an international environment.

2. The provisions of subsection 1 do not concern a student who has been educated in a language other than Finnish or Swedish or a student who has been educated abroad. The language proficiency of such students shall be determined by the university.

3. For special reasons, the university may either totally or partially exempt a student from the requisite language skills referred to in subsection 1.

Basic information

Level of the Degree: 
Bachelor's Degree
Duration of Studies: 
3 years
ECTS Credits: 
180
Language of Instruction: 
Finnish
Location of Instruction: 
+358 (0)294 483303
petteri.pietikainen (at) oulu.fi

Applying

Applying Information: 
The degree is part of a five-year degree programme which is applied for through the joint application system at http://yliopistohaku.fi. The main language of instruction in the degree programme is Finnish. Read more detailed information about admission requirements and applying from The Applicant’s Guide 2013.