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.


• Learn to identify your core values, intrinsic motivation factors and how to build towards a life rooted to your personal strengths
• Learn to externalize and structure activities and goals in everyday life
• Learn to set clear goals and create a regular routine of prioritization and re-prioritization
• Learn to set up an online database for externalizing thought and a tag structure to access any information stored in the database even years later in a matter of seconds
• Learn to improve the quantity and quality of creative ideas and how to overcome writer's block
• Learn to argue in a convincing manner, to identify typical argumentation fallacies and to support and engender dialogue especially in situations

Credits: 3

Schedule: 28.02.2024 - 15.05.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lauri Järvilehto

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


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    Structure & methods:
    1. Introduction to the Mind: How the Mind Works
    2. The Core of Thinking – What Science Knows About the Good Life, And What Can We Do About It? (Session)
    3. Mind Management – Externalizing Thought I: How to Avoid Work-Related Stress (Session + Workshop)
    4. The Extended Mind – Externalizing Thought II: How to Expand Your Thinking Capacity (Session + Workshop)
    5. The Creative Mind – How to Kill Writer’s Block and Unleash Your Creative Flow (Session + Workshop)
    6. Thinking Together – How Aristotle, Churchill and Monty Python Can Help You State Your Case Both Online and In Person (Session + Workshop)
    7. Wrap Up & Taking the Next Steps (Session)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    Participation in sessions and workshops, two essays: self-reflection (2–3 pages) and life development plan (5–7 pages), peer review of essays, learning diary.


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
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    Theoretical frameworks employed on the course

    Self determination theory by Richard Ryan & Edward Deci
    Positive psychology frameworks of Martin Seligman and Barbara Fredrickson
    Dual processing theories of cognition by Jonathan Evans, Keith Stanovich and Daniel Kahneman
    Pragmatic psychology of William James
    Organism-environment theory by Timo Järvilehto
    Systems intelligence theory by Esa Saarinen and Raimo Hämäläinen
    The extended mind theory by David Chalmers and Andy Clark
    Flow theory of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    Argumentation and rhetorics frameworks by Aristotle and Chaim Perelman
    Dialogue theories by David Bohm and William Isaacs