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.


This is a workshop style course. Through collaboration and practice, students learn how to apply theory and concepts to artistic, educational and activist projects and events that aim to engage diverse groups of people. Students further develop their skills in identifying meaningful connections between theory and art/activist projects. Also, students utilize personal experiences, skills and contemporary theories to create public events or projects, to evaluate these critically, and to assess potential for change and impact.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 04.12.2023 - 12.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anniina Suominen, Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen

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:

    What can art do? What can art be? What should it achieve?In the last two decades, there has been a rapidly growing phenomenon of artists breaking the traditional solitary studio practice and choosing to act for a change in reality, dealing with social and environmental issues in different ways.This course will explore that blurred line between art and activism.

    The class will include viewing of artworks, reading, listening, group discussions and exercises that involve creative expression. We will take the artist’s perspective and aim for action: In each class we will read about, watch, and discuss artworks and art practices from a practical point of view, as an inspiration for creation and participation. The course builds students' understanding, and practical knowledge of efforts conducted by individuals and organizations that aim to reverse destruction, to build sustainable and less cruel societies as well as to impact people's perceptions of democratic cultures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in teaching, completed assignments.

    Minimum 80% attendance.

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  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 ECTS ≈ 81h

    Contact teaching 45 h / Independent work 90 h

    Contact teaching, excursions and visits, independent and group work.


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 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    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: