Sea, Nature and Finnish Culture


The course explores how sea and nature have interwoven with Finnish culture and the way of everyday life during time.

It reveals how the Baltic Sea, Finnish archipelago and the lakes and forests have inspired Finnish people. Also, it demonstrates how the relationship between human and non-human nature has altered in the Finnish region from the early times to present day.


Date: 9.-20.8.2021

Place: University of Turku (depending on the situation with the coronavirus, lectures will be organized either online or face-to-face)

Credits: 5 ECTS

Price: 75€

Application: by 12.4.2021 via online form

Short description

The student will get the basic knowledge of the long-term relationship between human and non-human nature in Finnish society and culture.

Thus, the course will grant knowledge of both Finnish society and culture and generally how the environment has affected human cultures and vice versa.

Thus, the course will grant transferable skills that can be utilized in various fields of studies, from natural sciences to social sciences and humanities, and outside the academia.


The student will be able to

  • Understand the connection between Finnish culture and nature.
  • Perceive past from the perspective of more-than-human history.
  • See the impact of the environment on our everyday life.

Target audience

Undergraduate students in any field


Lectures, learning diary, essay, excursion to the archipelago and excursion assignments (either concrete excursion or videos and online assignments).

Student workload

Lectures and learning diaries, approx. 25 h; essay, approx. 72 h; the excursion and assignments, approx. 24 h = Approx. 121 h.


Evaluation scale 0 -5 (0=fail – 5=excellent).

Assessment criteria

  • Participation in lectures.
  • Reflective learning diaries.
  • Minor research about the relationship between human and non-human in Finnish society and culture in the form of an essay.
  • The excursion assignment.

Learning materials

Lectures and other learning materials mentioned during the lectures.


A motivation letter written in English explaining why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.

Number of students: max 25