POLM4001 Special Issues in Political Science 1 (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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A possible special course given by a researcher.


The course deals with forms of political thought and action as well as the special character of different spheres of politics. 

Learning outcomes

By fulfilling this course the student understands special questions of political research connected with political thought and citizen’s participation. 

Study materials

Study materials are announced during the course.


  • Kohler-Koch, B. & Quittkat, C. 2013: De-mystification of participatory democracy: Eu-governance and civil society. Oxford University Press 978-0-191-66210-2 (e-kirja)
  • Della Porta, D. 2015: Social Movements in times of Austerity: bringing capitalism back into protest analysis. Polity. 978-0-7456-8858-9 (s), 978-0-7456-8859-6 (n), 978-0-7456-8860-2 (e-kirja)
  • Delanty, G. 2000: Citizenship in a global age: society, culture, politics. Open University Press. 0-335-20489-9 (n), 0-335-20490-2
  • Achen, C. & Bartels, L. 2016: Democracy for realists: why elections do not produce responsive government. Princeton University Press. 978-0-691-16944-6 (s)
  • Griggs, S., Norval, A. & Wagenaar, H. (toim.) 2014: Practices of Freedom: decentered governance, conflict and democratic participation. Cambridge University Press. 978-1-107-29695-4 (e-kirja)
  • Isin, E.F. & Nielsen, G.M. (toim.) 2008: Acts of Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan. 1-842-77951-6 (s), 1-842-77952-4 (n), 978-1-848-13263-4 (e-kirja)
  • Michels, R. 1986: Puoluelaitos nykyajan demokratiassa. Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö. 951-0-13573-9 (n)

Completion methods

Method 1

Contact teaching with written assignments, not annually available.
Evaluation criteria:
Assignments are evaluated on the basis of students’ mastery of the contents of teaching and literature, demonstrated skills in critical evaluation of arguments and the application of theoretical concepts to political issues.
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Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish