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.


Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to

  • Consolidate aspects of their individual and group identities, both as professionals and disciplinary practitioners;
  • Recognise linguistic strategies and elements that enhance clarity and audience-friendliness in both oral and written communication;
  • Develop strategies and interaction skills to communicate their research to a range of audiences in speech and writing in a way that is authentic and consistent with their values


Credits: 3

Schedule: 13.01.2022 - 24.02.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Signe-Anita Lindgren

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): C1

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course aims to prepare participants for communicating their research to popular audiences in spoken and/or written form, in English and/or Finnish. This course is organized as a collaboration between English, Speech communication and Academic writing teaching.

    The working methods are customised to the course and can vary according to the needs of participants. Learning methods may include, for example, workshops, lectures, pairwork, groupwork, independent work, writing and speaking assignments, and online learning. Possible themes include identifying and demonstrating your competencies and professional expertise, ability to popularize your study and motivate listeners, reflecting on research work, developing collaboration and feedback skills, and learning to discuss your work with media workers and different audiences.

    Participants will strengthen their general communication skills, including general principles of popularizing research for general audiences in different media. Participants will also engage in workshops and/or independent work related to indiviudal popularization projects, e.g. writing a press release, or preparing for a radio interview. The number of ECTS credits (1-3) is linked to the number of completed popularization projects.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance and active participation (20%)

    Individual popularization project(s) (70%)

    Reflection on own learning (10%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The one-credit version of the course includes 8-15 hours of small group instruction, and 12-19 hours of independent work (27 hours in total). The two- and three-credit versions are multiples of this.

  • applies in this implementation

    2 ECT-course. Please reserve 54 hours in your schedule (approx 9 hrs/week)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided by the teacher and students.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course is intended for students who are preparing to popularize their research in written and/or spoken media, in English and/or Finnish.

    Please note that the course will be organised if a minimum of 10 people register for it.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II-Spring III,Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Autumn II-Spring III,Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.


    Places are allocated in the following order of priority:

    1. Doctoral students;
    2. Master's students, in order of highest number of credits;
    3. Other students preparing to popularize their research.

  • applies in this implementation

    This iteration is a 2-ECT course and participants complete one oral project (o) and one written project (w) in addition to regular class work (e.g. a weekly journal entry) and peer feedback.
    Course language: English.
    Weekly Workshops in zoom. No on-campus meetings.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Further detailed in MyC.
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