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402110P Special Education and the Course of Life, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 402110P  Validity 01.08.2005 -
Name Special Education and the Course of Life  Abbreviation Special Educati 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline2551 Special education 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Education 

Elina Viljamaa 

ECTS Credits 

5 cr

Language of instruction 




Learning outcomes 

Having completed the course, the student knows how to 

  • reflect on their own experiences, emotions and attitude towards diversity
  • name values, meanings and paradigms behind special education and service systems
  • name qualities of  an accessible, barrier-free society
  • reflect on the significance  of family and close relatives in collaborating with professionals
  • Special education at different phases of the life span
  • Service systems and multiprofessionalism in support of individual and family
  • past, present and future of special Education
  • Integration, inclusion and the neighbourhood school principle
  • Accessibility
Mode of delivery 

Contact instruction and multiform learning. Course materials in Finnish and English. Coursework can be submitted in both languages

Learning activities and teaching methods 

6h of lectures, multiform learning, independent and group work and exam. 

Target group 

Students selected for the major or minor of Special education, or exchange students, at the Faculty of Education. 

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

It is recommended that the student has completed at least Basic Course in Special Education as a prerequisite. The prerequisite does not apply to exchange students. 

Recommended or required reading 
  1. One literary prose book which handles disability or special needs and their efforts to one’s life The book can be chosen by oneself.
  2. Määttä, P. & Rantala, A. 2016. Tavallisen erityinen lapsi. Onnistuneen yhteistyön arvoitusta ratkaisemassa. 2. painos. Jyväskylä: PS-kustannus. 312 s. 
  3. Vehmas, S. 2013. Vammaisuus. Johdatus historiaan, teoriaan ja etiikkaan. Yliopistokustannus. 214 s.   
  4. Ammatilliseen erityisopetukseen liittyvää verkkomateriaalia / Internet material

Books 2. and 3. can be changed into this book:  

  1. Kauffman, J.M. Hallahan, D.P., & Pullen, P.C. 2017. Handbook of Special Education. New York: Routledge. (pages will be told in the beginning of the course) 
Assessment methods and criteria 

The conduction of the exam is determined at the beginning of the course.  



Person responsible 

Elina Viljamaa

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Special Education and the Course of Life  Course  Elina Viljamaa  10.02.21 -03.03.21

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