The course timeline is shown below. There is no exam. Instead, continuous assessment comes in form of weekly assignments and learning diaries. The three-credit course work consists of

  • twelve lectures, each with
    • preliminary work (reading an article, watching a video, etc.) and
    • assignments (short essay, questionnaire, reading, etc., with deadline at the end of the week),
  • two evaluation sessions during the exam weeks, with no lecture but other activities, and
  • four learning diary submissions (LD), with specific deadlines, and
  • participation in peer and self assessment for three LDs.
  • There may be an option for an excursion outside, for visiting the Helsinki Observatory museum. This is to be confirmed.

For workload and other details, see the description "How the course works" (Preliminary work for Lecture 1).

Final deadline for all course-related work is Tuesday 19.4.2022 at 23:55. The grades and credits are expected in early May.

Course timeline

[Update 17.1.2022: LD2 deadline moved from 22.2. → 1.3.]

L   Date Topic Theme LD DL
Introduction and cosmic scales
  Background, basic celestial mechanics 1.2.
18.1. Solar system
Celestial mechanics from the ...
1.2. One planet, one sky, one people   Ancient astronomy, from myths to science 1.3.
8.2. "Sancta terra"
15.2. Towards scientific astronomy
22.2.   Evaluation session   [submit the 2nd LD only after this one]
1.3. The past 100 years   Modern astronomy, astronomy in society 22.3.
8.3. Astronomy in the 21st century
15.3. Astronomy in art and popular culture
10 22.3. Astrobiology (by Esko Valtaoja)Today's astronomical worldview 12.4.
11 29.3. Cosmological view of the world
12 5.4. Future, open questions
12.4. Evaluation session (online, reserve 2 hours for this during the day)
Last modified: Monday, 17 January 2022, 2:07 PM