Violence and the Frames for Compassion and Non-Violence

The study programme in short

'Violence and the Frames for Compassion and Non-Violence' is a 25 ects study programme that affords participants with interdisciplinary and multiprofessional understanding of the phenomenon of violence. Violence is approached intersectionally, i.e. paying attention to the ways gender and other socio-cultural dimensions are at play in understanding violence. The studies offers participants possibilities to better recognise violence, prevent and intervene in violence and to construct caring, compassionate non-violence.

The studies comprise of five courses that can be studied as a programme or by selecting some of them according to one's own interests. All the studies takes place in an Optima e-learning environment and the programme lasts from Mid-September to the end of May.

Target group - who can apply

The programme and courses are suitable 1) for students with various disciplinary backgrounds as well as 2) for professionals already in work life. The programme is usually organised every other year in English and every other year in Finnish. During the academic year 2015-2016 the language of study is Finnish.

In 2013-2014 the programme was implemented as part of a KolArctic ENPI CBC funded project 'Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents Region'. Emphasis was on participants from the Barents region.

For inquiries, please contact Suvi Pihkala (suvi.pihkala(a)

More information about the courses and timetables in the academic year 2015-2016 and the application form can be found from the programme pages in Finnish.


I) 417133P Violence and the Premises for Compassion

II) 417215A Multiple forms of violence in global contexts

III) 417216A Sexual exploitation, trafficking and prostitution

IV) 417217A Practices for Preventing and Intervening in Violence and Constructing Compassionate Environments

V) 417218A Equality and Compassion as Foundation for the Theory and Culture of Non-violence



Last updated: 1.4.2015