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 succesful completion of the course 

- Students are able to reflect upon how the construction of their social, political, and cultural identity informs their individual perspectives and philosophies of education
- Students are able to address issues of justice and social change in relation to systems of oppression and the production of knowledge

- Students are able to describe, analyse, and integrate social and cultural issues informed by current theories of art, art education, and critical/cultural studies
- Students can apply current theories of critical/cultural studies to their art, teaching and art mediation practices with diverse populations

Credits: 3

Schedule: 06.09.2023 - 11.10.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Astrid Huopalainen

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: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course explores interrelationship of social and cultural issues, art, education and the construction of democratic spaces. The main focus is on developing a critical and empathetic understanding to promote complex investigations and questioning of important concepts, theories, and issues.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in teaching, completed assignments.

    Minimum 80% attendance.

    See MyCourses for more detailed information on evaluations methods and criteria.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 ECTS ≈ 81h

    Contact 35h + independent and group work 46h

    Reading and reflection, group work and discussions, development of a plan for an event or series of actions.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    10 Reduced Inequality

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 No teaching
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    1. Student enrolled in Critical Pedagogies and Mediations of Art minor.


    Minimum amount of participants: 8
    Maximum amount of participants varies according to the implementation of the course.

    Registration for Courses: Sisu.

    Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: