Education & Health Sciences

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Internationalisation in Education (5 ECTS)  

The course focuses on theoretical and practical aspects of internationalisation in education and explores international dimension of educational phenomena. These topics will be discussed through lectures and workshops. 


  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 5
  • Course code: KASA15
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: Intermediate
  • Learning outcomes: During the course students will
    • explore theoretical and practical aspects of internationalisation in education
    • analyse educational phenomena in an international perspective,
    • learn about central concepts of internationalisation in education.
  • Working methods: seminars 20 h, group assignments and independent work 115 h
  • Evaluation: 1-5 (based on a written assignment)
  • Teachers  responsible: Vesna Holubek
  • Course material: Will be provided by the teacher during the course
  • Min-max number of students: 10-25

In questions concerning course content, please contact Vesna Holubek: vesna.holubek(a)

Introduction to Social Circus Pedagogy (2 ECTS)  

Social circus is a measure of intervention based on the combination of circus arts and social-pedagogy. It targets various at-risk groups in order to support the empowerment and emancipation of individuals and assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, express their creativity and realize their potential in order to become active citizens. In this approach, the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to create social change helping marginalized individuals assume their place in a society. Various studies indicate that the socio-pedagogical and welfare impacts of Social Circus are undeniable.


  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of ECTS: 2
  • Course code: KASVAL  
  • Discipline: Education
  • Level of studies: Basic
  • Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the students are expected to  
    • Know the historical background, theoretical principles and practical applications of social circus pedagogy
    • Know  the main competences expected from social circus trainers and the multiple working areas of social circus
    • Plan, provide and assess pedagogically a tentative learning session of social circus
    • Find more research based information on this issue and know where and how Social Circus Pedagogy can be learned more about
  • Working methods: To achieve the learning outcomes the students will:
    • acquaint themselves with  theoretical and historical background  of the social circus concept, workfield and demanded competencies of social circus trainers
    • deepen their understanding in pedagogical approach in social circus training
    • analyse social circus practices presented during the course
    • plan and execute a small performance of social circus and justify the choices pedagogically  
  • Evaluation: Pass/Fail. Continuous assessment, completion of tasks (specific criteria given with tasks), attendance and active participation, other criteria will be given by the teacher.
  • Teachers responsible: Social Circus Trainers Simon Llwellyn and Kamilla Nisso (Sorin Sirkus) and Tea Seppälä (UTA)
  • Scientific director: Tiina Kujala (UTA)
  • Course material: will be provided by teachers.
  • Teaching: Tutorials 20 h, independent work 34 h
  • Min-max number of students: 10-22

Please note! Most course sessions are organised at the premises of Sori Circus (Ahlmanintie 63). The site can be reached from the University of Tampere campus by bus (tickets to be paid by the student) or walking (25-30 minutes). First course sessions will be organised at University of Tampere, and more information on how to reach Sori Circus will be given during these first sessions.

In questions concerning course content, please contact Tea Seppälä: tea.s.seppala(a)

Health and the Environment (3 ECTS)

The course is based on alternation of theory and activities in nature. The course gives good view on the possibilities to use nature to promote wellbeing and serves also as an introduction to Finnish nature-culture.  The course suits students from all backgrounds.


  • Language of instruction: English

  • Number of ECTS: 3

  • Course code: 7F00BA43

  • Discipline: Physiotherapy

  • Level of studies: Advanced

  • Learning outcomes:

    • The student knows how nature and the environment affect physical and mental health.

    • The student is able to use built and natural environments to promote health. 

    • The student values sustainable development and responsible choices.

    • The student is open to bodily experiences of nature.

  • Evaluation: Learning log and essay, active participation

  • Teacher responsible: Eveliina Asikainen

  • Min-max number of students: 10-30

Please note! This course will be held at the premises of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Kuntokatu 3) and the surrounding forest. More information on how to get to TAMK will be provided to the selected students.

In questions concerning course content, please contact Eveliina Asikainen: eveliina.asikainen(a)