Active Citizenship and Non-formal Education

Time: 10-21 August 2020

Campus: Joensuu

Duration and credits: 2 weeks, 5 ECTS
Teaching Language: English
Level: Master (and Bachelor)
Max. number of attendees:
Course coordinator: Juha Kauppila,
Responsible department: School of Educational Sciences and Psychology
Learning outcomes: Students should

  • be familiar with the position and status of adult education as part of the Finnish education system, especially the significance of non-formal education in Finnish society
  • be conversant with the tradition of non-formal education and the different forms of the manifestation of active citizenship in Finland and abroad
  • be familiar with operations of institutions offering active citizenship and non-formal education
  • be familiar with the concept of sustainable development in education
  • understand how active citizenship and non-formal education contribute in sustainable development goals

Content: 1) Introduction to Finnish adult education, non-formal education and the concept of active citizenship.
2) Introduction to the concept of sustainable development and the role of active citizenship and non-formal education in promoting sustainable development
3)  Students will familiarize themselves with the concepts of non-formal education and active citizenship in their own countries and culture. 4) Visitation program includes visits to institutions promoting, non-formal education and active citizenship that foster sustainable development.

Modes of study:

  • Pre-tasks and familiarizing with course literature in the course Moodle before Summer School. Pre-tasks and instructions for completing the course will be announced in June 2020.
  • Seminar meetings with individual and/or group activities.
  • Written assignments
  • Visiting program to social organizations and NGO’s in Joensuu. (Announced in July)
  • The Moodle platform is central for completing the course: there students will find all the course literature, instructions and submit their assignments.
  • Course Schedule will be announced in June 2020.

Teaching methods: Lectures and seminar meetings, self-studying literature, in-class activities, written assignment and visiting program.

Study materials: Students are provided with pre-reads and pre-tasks in June. Majority of the material will be either Open Access or accessibility will be guaranteed by other means.
Evaluation criteria: Seminars: pass/fail. Written assignments: 0-5
Teacher: Juha Kauppila (UEF)