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.



Students gain knowledge and understanding of:

  •   Current social, cultural, and political issues in art education, contemporary art, and digital visual communication
  •   Advanced theoretical literature on society, culture, and politics, and its application in professional practice


Students acquire skills in:

  •   Describing and analyzing social, cultural, and political aspects of their professional practice through advanced research literature
  •   Engaging with advanced theoretical literature


Students acquire competences for:

  •   Contextualizing professional practices in art education and digital visual communication within social, cultural, and political frameworks
  •   Utilizing social, cultural, and political theory in the further development of their professional practice

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2024 - 13.02.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Juuso Tervo, Annika Sohlman

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:

    In this course, we discuss social and cultural perspectives on contemporary art and education, particularly focusing on aims to identify and/or create democratic and sustainable spaces for teaching and learning. With the help of advanced research literature, we engage with critical analyses of theories and topics related to contemporary art and pedagogy, particularly in the Nordic context. At the end of the course, students write a research paper in which they further reflect theories and concepts discussed during the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation in teaching, completed assignments.

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  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    5 ECTS = 135 h

    Contact teaching: 20 h
    Independent work: 55 h
    Group work: 35 h
    Supervision: 10 h
    Reflection: 15 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Co-taught together with Aalborg University

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Max. amount of students: 25
    Min. amount of students 6

    Registration in Sisu. The order of priority follows the guidelines decided by the Academic Committee of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture: https//