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History (HI)

Sequence of completion:
It is recommendable to complete the compulsory courses HI1-HI4 in the numerical order. HI4 and HI5 are taught in Finnish. When making your study plan, it is important to note that HI5 and HI6, HI10 and HI11 as well as SHI1 and 2 are offered in alternate years. HI7 is also realised every second year.

COMPULSORY COURSES

HI1 Human, Environment and Culture
The course will examine the interaction between people and nature and the resulting construction and development of the cultural environment from prehistory to the modern day. The course can't be completed independently. The course will be taught either in English or in Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

HI2 The European
The course examines the European culture and its achievements as well as the development of the view of the world in context. The students will learn to examine and interpret historical sources concerning the European culture. The course will be taught either in English or in Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

HI3 International Relations
During the course the students will learn the basics of international relations from the early 19th century to the end of the 20th century. The key issues include; imperialism, the background of the two world wars as well as the consequences, totalitarianism, the rivalry of the USA and the USSR and the post cold war world. The course is taught either in English or in Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

HI4 Turning Points in Finland's History
Students will examine the turning points in Finland's history during the 19th and 20th centuries. The aim is to analyse these turning points taking into consideration the long common history with Sweden. Questions concerning democracy, conflicts and cultural change are among the issues to be discussed. The course will be taught in Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

NATIONWIDE SPECIALISATION COURSES

HI5 Finland from prehistoric times to autonomy
Students learn to understand the key development trends in Finnish history prior to the year 1809 and Finnish cultural heritage. The course is taught in Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

HI6 When Cultures Meet
The course will deal with the distinct characteristics and present times of one or more optional cultural spheres and intercultural interaction. Culture will be understood as being a comprehensive concept. The cultural areas to be discussed will be chosen from outside Europe. Each pair will do research and write a research paper. The course will be taught in English and/or Finnish. Evaluated with a number grade.

SCHOOL-BASED SPECIALISATION COURSES

HI7 History of Women
This course offers the students a possibility of studying the history of women and family from prehistory to the 21st century. The students should be aware that the course is demanding, since they will do a research concerning a given topic. The course is taught in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI8 Era of Revolutions
This is a AS/A –level history course and the students should be aware that this is an advanced history course and they are expected to complete the given assignments and be active during lessons. The course content includes the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the industrial revolution. The course will be taught in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI9 Era of Nationalism
This is an AS/A –level history course and the students should be aware that this is an advanced history course and they are expected to complete the given assignments and be active during lessons. The course content includes the development of European nationalism, the unification of Italy and Germany, causes, nature and effects of imperialism and the origins of the First World War. The course is taught in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI10 Era of Totalitarianism
This is an AS/A –level history course and the students should be aware that this is an advanced history course and they are expected to complete the given assignments and be active during lessons. The course content includes the conditions for the rise of totalitarianism, totalitarian regimes and foreign relations, the rise of Fascism, Nazism and Stalinism. The course is taught in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI11 World after 1945
This is an AS/A –level history course and the students should be aware that this is an advanced history course and they are expected to complete the given assignments and be active during lessons. The course content includes the origins of the Cold War after World War II, the globalization of the Cold War, the crisis of communism and the end of the Cold War, the nuclear arms race, the development of the international economy, the thirld world and the development of the United Nations, 1945-91. The course is taught in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI12 Revision course
This course is the combined revision course for both the AS/A –level examination and the history and civics matriculation examination. The students will practice answering techniques e.g. by writing essays and interpreting sources and they will have several possibilities to take preliminary exams. Pass/Fail evaluation.

HI13 Archeology 

During the archeology course students will learn about the methods used by archeologists and will have an understanding of how prehistory, life at Hadrian’s Wall or architecture and technology in early industrial towns just to mention a few topics can be studied with the help of archeological evidence. The course and course materials are in English. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

HI15 Speeches which changed the world

Students will learn the importance of speeches such as the famous ‘I have a dream’ by Martin Luther King or ‘Sorry’ by Kevin Rudd and how speeches reflect the social, economic and political environment of the country and era in question. The focus of the course is mostly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course and course materials are in English.Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

SCHOOL-BASED APPLIED COURSE

SHI1 Conflict Research
The conflict research –course deals with the factors leading to contemporary conflicts, as well as the background, actual events and the outcome of those conflicts. During the course the students have the possibility of studying both international and local conflicts in the last decade of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century. The course content includes conflict theories, terrorism, crisis management and the role of other countries and international organisations during a conflict. The students will do independent research and give a presentation or write a research paper on either a local or international conflict. The course is taught in English or in Finnish. The students should be aware that most of the sources are in English (books, newspapers, internet), so a good knowledge of English is needed. Pass/Fail evaluation.

SHI2 Genealogy course
Genealogy is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives. This course deals with the basics of genealogy and includes lectures and assignments. The students will learn to understand how to begin a research and know how to find and use the sources needed in genealogy. The course is taught in Finnish. Pass/Fail evaluation.

SHI4 UNITED NATIONS (and participation in HELIMUN)

The students will examine the history, institutions, policy and the role of the United Nations during the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis in put on the understanding of the roles of the different institutions (Security Council, General Assembly and ECOSOC) and the influence of the UNO in the following fields; peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. In the end of the course the students will participate in Helsinki International Model United Nations (HELIMUN). The course is an online –course in English.Pass/Fail evaluation.