Studies at the Department of Social Sciences

The undergraduate education at the Department of Social Sciences provides the students with a strong discipline-based education and the abilities needed for the diverse and changing tasks in working life that require expertise in social sciences, as well as eligibility for postgraduate studies in their major subject. The teaching is of high quality with regard to the pedagogy and the content, and it develops a dialogue between theory and practice, internationality, and readiness for working life. The teaching takes advantage of the opportunities provided by the different learning environments in a variety of ways.

The teaching at the Department of Social Sciences emphasises both all-around education in social sciences and specialisation based on the research carried out at the department in tandem. The teaching focuses on action learning so that strong theoretical thinking can be transferred into real operating environments during the thematic studies.

Subject associations

The activities of subject associations are a part of the life and traditions of the university. Our students’ subject associations organise their own activities and are involved in the activities of our department.

Praxis ry is the subject association of the students of philosophy, sociology, and social and public policy at the Joensuu Campus. Praxis has been active since 1987, and it organises activities and parties both for its own members as well as the students of the whole city of Joensuu. “Playing it cool”. You can also find Praxis on Facebook and Instagram.

Socius ry was established in 1984. We are the subject association for students of sociology, social policy, social psychology, social work and social pedagogy at the Kuopio Campus. Our members include all of those students of social sciences at the Kuopio Campus who have joined Socius ry at some point. At student events, you can identify Socius members by their happy faces and yellow overalls. You can also find Socius on Facebook and Instagram.