YPPP135 Curriculum Work (5 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Pass - fail
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Education and Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



Curriculum theories and their connection to learning theories
Competence-based curricula at universities
Phenomena-based curricula at universities
Connecting curricula to the business world

Completion methods

Learning assignments and reading groups

Assessment details

Active participation and completing and passing learning assignments/exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the study unit, each participant is able to
- understand theoretical and philosophical foundations of curriculum work and its different implementations at the University
- grasp curriculum theories and their applicability to the university context
- analyse his/her teaching in relation to the curricula of the department/subject and apply his/her learning when planning and developing teaching at the department/in the subject
- recognise a curriculum’s connections to the value targets of the University and the nature of society, its institutions, values and habits
- evaluate connections between the subject’s internal structure, societal expectations and the learning needs of students, as well as their significance for curriculum work
- engage in curriculum work at a communal level and thus promote the development of the whole department’s/subject’s pedagogical culture

Study materials

And other learning material (articles and e-books) specified in the teaching schedule


  • BARNETT, R. & COATE, K. 2010. Engaging the curriculum in higher education. Berkshire, GBR: McGRaw-Hill Education.
  • Hooks, Bell 1994: Teaching to Transgress – Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York and London; Routledge."
  • NYGAARD, C., COURTNEY, N. & HOLTHAM, C. (toim.) 2010. Teaching creativity – creativity in teaching. The learning in higher education series. Oxfordshire: Libri Publishing.
  • BIGGS, J. & TANG, C. 2007. Teaching for quality learning at university: What the student does. Maidenhead: Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press.
  • KORHONEN, V. & MÄKINEN, M. 2012.Opiskelijat korkeakoulutuksen näyttämöllä. Tampere: Tampere University Press.<br />MÄKINEN, M., ANNALA, J., KORHONEN, V., VEHVILÄINEN, S., NORRGRAN, A.-M., KALLI, P. & SVÄRD, P. (toim.) 2012. Osallistava korkeakoulutus. Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Pass - fail