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687172P Fiction 2, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 687172P  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Fiction 2  Abbreviation Fiction 2 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline1107 Literature 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

Työlahti, Nina Heleena 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 

Finnish; a study package in English can be negotiated with the teacher


1st year (most commonly spring term)

Learning outcomes 

The course aims to deepen the students’ knowledge of classic literary works and to further improve their skills in literary analysis. It also gives practical knowledge on the methodological possibilities of literary research.

Upon completing the course, students will be more familiar with classic literary works and their main features. They will also be able to demonstrate skills in analysing the structures of narrative fiction, poetry and drama. They will be able to consider which methods of analysis and interpretation of literary texts can be applied to each case.


The course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of literature by studying the classic works of modern literature (narrative fiction as well as poetry and drama). A number of short research texts considering those works will also be studied. The practicum involves a written assignment, which should be an interpretative text bearing more resemblance to an article than an essay. In the assignment, students should utilise the above-mentioned research texts. The assignment will be prepared during the practicum.

Mode of delivery 

Practicum group work for students majoring in Literature and for students majoring in Finnish and Saami who are in the subject teacher programme. Written examination/essay/working in small groups for other subsidiary subject students.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

For students participating in the practicum: discussion in small groups led by a teacher, exercises. For other students: independent study according to the general advice presented on the degree program webpage (e.g. advice on essay writing).

Target group 

For students majoring in Literature and for those subsidiary subject students who have Finnish or Saami as their major and are studying to become teachers, the course may not be taken as a book exam, home essay or self-study group and must be completed as a practicum. Other subsidiary subject students may complete the course by book exam, home essays, or self-study group.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Fiction 1 along with additional texts included in the course, and Introduction to Literary Research 1

Recommended optional programme components 

See: Prerequisites and co-requisites. Literary History 1 and 2 as completed or contemporaneous courses required.

Recommended or required reading 

A list of works for narrative fiction will be made available on the degree programme website at the beginning of each term. Mandatory introductory texts regarding the basic concepts of literary analysis (including poetry and drama) as well as research literature for students participating in the practicum or writing an essay. More information on research literature will be available on the programme’s webpage or during the practicum sessions

Assessment methods and criteria 

Supervised group work (Practicum), written assignments or examination

The assessment criteria for the practicum focuses on the application of concepts to practice essays and other exercises and discussions; on the linkage of conclusions to the texts and contexts; on the appropriateness, multidimensionality and structural qualities of the reasoning; on the commitment to dialogue and active participation in the group. For other means of completing the course, similar criteria is applied.



Person responsible 

University lecturer/doctoral student

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The reading material for the practicum courses might vary from those listed on the degree program’s webpage (e.g. due to availability of the works).


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Kirjallisuuden praktikum 2 (pääaine- ja opettaja-sivuaineopiskelijoille)  Course  Jussi Ojajärvi  03.02.22 -05.05.22

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