Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On completion of the course, students will be able to

  • explain the complexity of the concept and practice of fashion
  • explain the interdisciplinary nature of fashion studies and its related disciplines
  • appreciate the work of key scholars who have influenced fashion studies
  • understand fashion as a global phenomenon through a local lens
  • analyze fashion as spatialized and site sensitive practice
  • apply theories and discourses of fashion to their own work

Credits: 10

Schedule: 12.01.2022 - 16.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Annamari Vänskä

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course consists of lectures, small-group seminar discussions, film viewings, visits and other activities. The lecture will introduce to the subject, discussions will widen it. In order to be able to understand the lecture and to participate in the ensuing discussion, the students will

    • Read texts before each class and write reaction papers on them
    • Find relevant examples pertaining to each read theme and bring them to class
    • Prepare 1 3 comments on the most important points of each theme based on the read texts and bring them to class



    Students can choose to complete either 5 or 10 cr. To complete 5 cr the student will:

    • Write a reaction paper on each read text
    • Find relevant examples on the themes discussed in class
    • Participate actively in class-room discussions
    • Write a reflective learning diary OR design a poster on selected topic


    To complete 10 cr the student will do the following:

    • Write a reaction paper on each read text
    • Find relevant examples on the themes discussed in class
    • Participate actively in class-room discussions
    • Use the course material to outline a personal research plan or a group project depending on the student s background. Group work can include but is not restricted to outlining a concept for an exhibition, experimental fashion collection or an activist endeavour.


    The course consists of lectures and seminar discussions. During lectures the students will be introduced to the theme of each class. After lectures, students are divided into small-groups and expected to discuss texts and their main points. After small-group discussions, each group presents their main points to the whole class. In order to be able to participate in the discussion, the students are expected to read texts before each class. Students who fail to participate in lectures and discussions will not be able to complete the course. Some lectures may be replaced by visits to relevant sites (such as exhibitions) or are accompanied by film viewings that pertain to the topic.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance: 80 % required

    Grading scale: 0-5

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    135 h (5 cr) OR 270 h (10 cr)

    • Lectures, seminars, visits and film viewings: 28 h
    • Personal learning time (assigned for reading & reflecting the course materials): 15h
    • Assignment A (for passing 5 cr): writing a reflective learning diary OR making a poster presentation: 85 h
    • Assignment B (for passing 10 cr): developing a research plan (individual) or ideating a concept (group assignment): 220 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    A reading package will be dowloaded on the courses s MyCourses-course website.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course will not be organised if less than ten students have registered on it.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 III

    2021-2022 III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Registration in Oodi