Credits: 6

Schedule: 09.01.2019 - 22.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is taught by a visiting lecturer.

2018-2019: Frank Martela

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Frank Martela


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

2018-2019: III, Otaniemi campus
No teaching 2019-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will develop an advanced understanding of a current topics in leadership.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is taught by a visiting lecturer and topics can vary by year.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

[Note: For
administrative reasons, the course is taught under the 21C03000 label, but the
name and actual content of the course are described below]

Designing life: Finding motivation,
direction and meaning to life and work

How to live? What values are worth striving for? What goals are worth pursuing? What
to do with this unique life you are living? How to make good choices as regards
your own future?

Indeed, what is the meaning of life?

These are a few of the fundamental questions everyone of us wonders about occasionally.
Sometimes more theoretically, but more probably as connected to one’s own life.
In various life junctures, crises, and times of change, we stop to wonder about
the choices and commitments we are about to take.

As a student, many of these critical choices are still ahead of you. So now is a
great time to learn more about yourself, your own values, and life goals
especially suitable for you. This will help you to design a life and life
attitudes that better reflect the person you are and that will give you higher
likelihood of enjoying a satisfying and meaningful existence.

This course aims to help you in designing a better life for yourself. This is an ambitious
goal, and the course will not offer readymade answers. Instead, it will

  • Awaken you to the importance of being in charge of your own life choices
  • Give you conceptual and theoretical tools to think about goals, values, and life choice
  • Introduce you to the science and philosophy behind these questions and what do we empirically know about good
    life choices

  • Introduce you to various life paths, values, and goals that can offer you inspiration in making your own choices
  • Give you a number of exercises and tools that can help you both now and in the future to make more informed and
    deliberate life choices that better reflect your own basic human nature

The course will be relatively hands-on in the sense that it will be much based on various
individual-level exercises, group discussions, and writing assignments all of
which aim to help you to think better about your own life.

The course can’t design your life. But it will give you guidance, tools, theories, empirical
knowledge, insights, and exercises that hopefully will assist you in your own
personal quest to live a life that is motivating, directed, and meaningful.
Indeed, a life worth living!

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Given that the emphasis in the course is on your own personal reflection and growth –
which is hard to quantify – the grading will emphasize active participation and
returning of all tasks.

  • Class attendance (6 lectures)              30 points (5 points / class)
  • Reading responses (5 responses)             15 points (3 points / returned response)
  • Task reports (5 reports)                       15 points (3 points / returned report)
  • Final essay                                             40 points (evaluated on a scale from 1 to 5)

See more
detailed discussion in the page ’Course requirements and grading’

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

As a 6 credit course, this course is supposed to require 160 working hours. It consists of the following parts:

  • 6 lectures á 2 hours              (12 hours)
  • 6 team gatherings á 2 hours                       (12 hours)
  • 6 tasks and task reports                   (36 hours)
  • 5 pre-readings and reading responses      (20 hours)
  • Final essay                             (50 hours)
  • Independent study time and time to think           (30 hours)

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

There is no individual book as a course material but individual articles will be provided.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Lectures: 6 lectures on Wednesdays 13:15 - 15:00 from 9.1.
until 15.2.

: 6 team meetings on Fridays 13.15 – 15:00 or whenever your team
decides to meet.


Registration and further information