Englannin kieli — English
Address: Research Unit for Languages and Literature, English, Faculty of Humanities, P.O. Box 1000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland.
Admission requirements and commencement of studies
English is one of the main (major) subjects in the Degree Programme in Languages and Literature. English may be studied as a main subject leading to the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees by anyone who has successfully completed their education at a Finnish secondary school (lukio) – or achieved a comparable standard within an educational system offered in another country – and meets the student selection criteria. The language of instruction in the main subject is English. Other languages of instruction depend on the subsidiary (minor) subjects the student includes in the degree. The students must be able to study in Finnish.
English may also be studied as a subsidiary subject by students already enrolled at the University of Oulu for some other main subject, but only after they have successfully passed a separate entrance examination arranged annually in the spring; applicants should sign up for this examination through WebOodi (https://weboodi.oulu.fi) by the annually specified date. The examinations for both main-subject and subsidiary-subject entry are usually held in May. Once a student has been granted permission to study English either as a main subject or as a subsidiary subject, the registration status of ‘main subject’ or ‘subsidiary subject’ remains in force until officially changed through official university channels.
Course schedules are posted before the beginning of each semester in WebOodi. In planning their studies, it is important for students to note that some courses are compulsory (and students must take them) while some courses are ‘elective’, i.e. students may choose them, if they wish, in order to make up the total number of study points necessary to complete their final degree. The teaching programme is planned so that students with English as their main subject are able to take courses worth of 60 credits – consisting of the compulsory language and communication studies and courses in English – during the first year of their studies. After the first year, students are required to start taking subsidiary subjects along with courses in English. Due to restrictions on the number of participants for particular courses, it is essential that students who wish to attend a particular course sign up for it through WebOodi before the deadline set for enrolment.
Each student has a teacher tutor (omaopettaja) assigned for them. Teacher tutors will provide study guidance and help the students in planning their personal study plan. The lecturer assigned to offer general study guidance to students, Dr Maarit Siromaa (tel. + 358 29 448 3277), and the administrative staff responsible for English at firstname.lastname@example.org are also available to answer practical questions and offer advice to students on their studies. Members of the teaching staff answer questions relating to their own courses and fields of expertise. Study-related information is also delivered through email mailing list ‘eng-students’, to which one may subscribe at http://lists.oulu.fi.
First-year students also have the benefit of the student tutoring system (pienryhmäohjaus). Student tutors as well as the teacher tutors offer information sessions on special topics related to starting and planning of the studies. They are also available to help the students with study-related questions, problems and challenges. In spite of the help offered by the student and teacher tutors, it is essential that students taking English as their main subject explore the opportunities available for completing their degree – and check the requirements concerning subsidiary and general subjects – as soon as possible, preferably within their first year at the university. As part of this work, students are required to submit a personal study plan (henkilökohtainen opintosuunnitelma, HOPS) for their studies to their teacher tutor at the beginning of their studies. The plan is updated when the students are doing their Bachelor’s thesis and again when they start their studies that lead to the Master’s degree. Although the staff (and especially those who have been assigned as teacher tutors) offer guidance and advice on this matter, students must in the end take responsibility for their own choices.
English today enjoys a special status as the global language. It is written, spoken and understood throughout the world and has become the most important medium not only for international communication of all sorts (casual and informal, commercial and industrial, political and diplomatic, etc.) but also for the dissemination of scientific and scholarly research. This high status of English throughout the world requires high standards for the teaching of English on many different levels. The curriculum for English is therefore designed to address these requirements and to offer a carefully graded mix of courses focusing on the practical aspects of using both written and spoken English, as well as courses in the fields of culture, language learning, linguistics, literature and professional language work.
Employment prospects for students graduating with a degree in English have been favourable for a number of years. The majority of graduates have found employment in language education, and the near future will see an increase in the demand for fully-qualified teachers of English. In addition to this, graduates have been employed as different kinds of language experts, and it is clear that the growing importance of English in the global community means that job opportunities for graduates in English remain wide within a large number of other spheres, including publishing, the media, translation, business, tourism and the leisure industry. More information about career prospects and employment is available online (e.g., http://www.toissa.fi).
All students must register when enrolling at the university and renew their registration annually thereafter, ensuring that their contact information is always up to date in WebOodi. Responsibility for student services within the Faculty of Humanities is shared between different offices. Information regarding these matters may be found on the websites of both the Faculty and the unit of English.
Assessment methods vary from course to course: for example, some courses require regular attendance and the regular submission of homework or coursework, while other courses are assessed by a final written examination, for example an exam or a term paper. Information on examinations and alternative ways for completing courses is available on the unit’s website and in WebOodi.
Immediately after completing all the courses in a study package (either Basic Studies, Intermediate Studies or Advanced Studies), the students have to send mail to study.humanities(at)oulu.fi and ask the staff to compile the package in their official university student records. On completion of each of these study packages, all students, regardless of whether they are registered within the main subject or subsidiary subject areas in English, are awarded an overall final grade which is weighted separately for each of these three packages. In order to proceed from Intermediate Studies to Advanced Studies, students must first gain an overall grade of at least ‘good’ (H/3) for their Intermediate Studies. It should be noted that the final grade for each study package is based on the weighted average of course grades achieved at that particular level. Every course grade is first multiplied by the number of study points that the particular course is worth and the resulting ‘weighted’ grade is then added to the other similarly weighted course grades. Finally, the total obtained in this way is divided by the number of study points credited to courses weighted in this way. (Notice that the number of study points credited to pass/fail courses within a particular study package plays no role in the calculation of the overall final grade.)
Learning objectives at different levels
After completing the Basic Studies package in English, the students will be able to demonstrate improved practical skills in their use of written and spoken English and to identify and explain the basics of different fields of English language studies and close reading in Anglo-American literature. They will also be able to explain different cultural features of British or North American culture. The Basic Studies package also familiarises students with the main modes of individual and collaborative teaching and learning encountered in the university: lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group work, presentations, online teaching, examinations and writing assignments.
The Intermediate Studies package in English is designed with two goals in mind. First, by virtue of its combination of compulsory and elective courses, it extends students’ understanding of the key areas of English while allowing at the same time some room for the development of personal interests. Second, through its training in the basic skills of research methodology and presentation, it leads students majoring in English, to the Bachelor’s Seminar and Thesis. And this in turn allows them – when all the other requirements have been fulfilled – to take the Bachelor’s degree (BA). Alternatively, for minor subject students, completion of the Basic and Intermediate Studies packages may be used to fulfil the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in a subject other than English.
The Advanced Studies package encourages students to broaden their skills as well as their knowledge base and to learn to apply them to increasingly specific tasks. These goals are especially important in the Master’s Seminar and Thesis -course. After the thesis written for the Bachelor’s degree, it equips students with the formal and intellectual skills that are necessary for independent study and the writing of their Master’s Thesis (their Pro Gradu Thesis). The wide range of elective courses at this level is specifically designed to allow students more opportunities to pursue their own subject interests.
Students of English are encouraged to exploit the opportunities for exchange studies at partner universities abroad, e.g., within the Erasmus and ISEP programmes. For more information concerning these partnerships and the variety of different courses available at these partner universities, please consult the Faculty Study Affairs (email@example.com). For the transfer to Oulu University of course credits obtained abroad, please contact Faculty Study Affairs, as well. Visiting lecturers from partner universities abroad regularly come to Oulu and offer a variety of short courses at a variety of levels. These courses are not listed alongside the course descriptions below since they are arranged and finalised at relatively short notice, and students therefore need to keep themselves informed of the courses on offer by checking WebOodi and eng-student mailing list regularly.
Students who have completed their Master’s degree may pursue further postgraduate studies. Research currently being undertaken within the department covers a wide variety of fields in both linguistics and literature. Within the areas of linguistics and applied linguistics, particular attention has recently been paid by students to discourse and conversation analysis, language learning and teaching, and multimodality. Within literary studies, research draws on philological methods of close reading with a special emphasis on Anglophone literature and culture. Students wishing to pursue studies leading to a doctorate in English must apply through the University of Oulu Graduate School (UNIOGS, http://www.oulu.fi/uniogs/).
Courses at different levels
Basic Studies, 25 ECTS:
708300Y HOPS-tarkistus 1 (kandidaatintutkinto), 0 ECTS
682374P Speech Production and Communication, 5 ECTS
682376P Approaches to English Language Studies 5 ECTS
682377P Introduction to Literature in English, 5 ECTS
682428P Academic Writing and Communication, 5 ECTS
One of the following:
682429P Introduction to British Studies, 5 ECTS
682430P Introduction to North American Studies, 5 ECTS
Intermediate Studies, major/45 ECTS; minor/35 ECTS:
708301Y HOPS-tarkistus 2 (kandidaatintutkinto), 0 ECTS
682380A Research in Language Studies, 5 ECTS
682381A Researching Literature and Culture, 5 ECTS
682431A English Grammar, 5 ECTS
682385A Bachelor's Seminar and Thesis, 10 ECTS (major subject students only)
682321A Kypsyysnäyte (kandidaatin tutkinto, englantilainen filologia), 0 op (major subject students only)
20 ECTS (4 courses)
In addition to the compulsory courses for Intermediate Studies taught every year, English offers a range of elective courses which vary on a yearly basis. Consequently, the students have an increased diversity of options to plan their studies according to their own interests as they progress through the degree system.
682333A Topics in Linguistics, 2-10 ECTS*
682353A Language and Learning, 5ECTS
682383A Conversation Analysis, 5 ECTS
682384A Digital Humanities, 5 ECTS
682385A Discourse Studies, 5 ECTS
682386A Language Variation and Sociolinguistics, 5 ECTS
682387A Language Teacher Workshop, 5 ECTS
682388A Learning in Everyday Environments, 5 ECTS
682389A The Fundamentals of Poetry, 5 ECTS
682390A British Drama: Shakespeare and Beyond, 5 ECTS
682391A Critical Study of Cultural Practices, 5 ECTS
682392A Introduction to Irish Studies, 5 ECTS
682393A Ireland: Poetry of the Nation, 5 ECTS
682394A Translating into English, 5 ECTS
682395A Translating into Finnish, 5 ECTS
682396A Topics in Language Education, 2–10 ECTS*
682397A Topics in Literature and Culture, 2–10 ECTS*
682398A Topics in Language Work, 2–10 ECTS*
*) Information on the course in WebOodi only.
Advanced Studies, 30 ECTS + Thesis 30 ECTS:
708302Y HOPS-tarkistus (maisterintutkinto), 0 ECTS
682436S Master’s Seminar and Thesis, 30 ECTS
30 ECTS (6 courses)
In addition to the compulsory courses for Advanced Studies taught every year, English offers a range of elective courses which vary on a yearly basis. Consequently, the students have an increased diversity of options to plan their studies according to their own interests as they progress through the degree system.
682304S Work Practice, 5 ECTS
682337S Topics in Linguistics 2–10 ECTS*
682355S English in Finland, 5 ECTS
682358S Advanced Irish Studies, 5 ECTS
682359S Poetry of Nation and Identity, 5 ECTS
682360S British and Irish Art, 5 ECTS
682362S Language and Language Editing, 5 ECTS
682369S Approaches to Cultural Interaction. 5 ECTS
682370S The Modern Language Teacher, 5 ECTS
682371S The Troubles in Northern Ireland, 5 ECTS
682372S British Politics from Thatcher onwards, 5 ECTS
682400S Interaction and Multimodality, 5 ECTS
682402S Nexus Analysis, 5 ECTS
682404S North American History, 5 ECTS
682405S British Cultural Icons, 5 ECTS
682406S Political Developments in the United Kingdom, 5 ECTS
682408S Project-based Language Work, 5 ECTS
682409S Language Practice, 5 ECTS
682410S Topics in Language Education, 2–10 ECTS*
682411S Topics in Literature and Culture, 2–10 ECTS*
682412S Topics in Language Work, 2–10 ECTS*
682414S Content Writing for the Games Industry, 5 ECTS
682417S Middle English: Literature, Language and History, 5 ECTS
682425S From Milton to Arnold – the Classical Epic in English, 5 ECTS
*) Information on the course in WebOodi only.