EKIA5002 English in Finland (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course explores the many of ways in which English is present in Finland. The course involves the reading of research articles, which helps students familiarise themselves with how English is used in Finland. Additionally, the students will plan and do their own small research project in which they focus on one phenomenon related to the course’s theme, e.g. how English is present in Finnish interactions, education, literature, music, films, TV, the media, sports, social media, hobbies, or video or online games.

Completion methods

Pre- and post-assignment, readings, lectures, project work
Attendance policy: 100% attendance is usually expected.

Assessment details

The course is assessed on the basis of
● Pre-assignment (10%),
● Participation in the course (30%)
● Group projects, published as parts of the course blog (50%)
● Post-assignment (10 %)

Learning outcomes

After this course, students will be able to
- show familiarity with how English as a global language is present and visible in Finland across different spheres of life (interaction, culture, education, environment, the internet, the media)
- recognise and explain how English is visible and represented in the media in Finland, how people adopt English language into their own talk, how English enters people’s everyday lives in Finland, and how it is used in Finland in different discursive and social contexts.
- explain how English impacts Finnish culture and language, and how these two languages exist and are used side by side.

After the course, the students will have obtained practical skills for making observations about how English is present in Finland, and to analyse and explain them as discursive and social phenomena.

Description of prerequisites

None but any course or book exam on discourse study and/or sociolinguistics provides useful background for this course.

Study materials

Available in the course Optima site

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item