Structure of studies 2007 – 2008

WSTU1500 Women’s Studies, 24 ECTS pts
Introduction to Women’s Studies, 6 ECTS pts
WSTU1501 Feminist thought, women’s lives, 2-4 ECTS pts
WSTU1502 Gender and Language, 2 ECTS pts

Different Subject Areas in Women’s Studies, 18 ECTS pts
WSTU1503 Woman in History, 3 ECTS pts
WSTU1504 Women in the North, 3 ECTS pts
WSTU1505 Gender System of Society, 3 ECTS pts
WSTU1506 Feminist Social Work, 3 ECTS pts
WSTU1507 Women and Art, 3 ECTS pts
WSTU1508 Gendered Learning and Teaching Practices, 3 ECTS pts

Courses and their descriptions 2007 – 2008

WSTU1501 Feminist Thought, Women’s Lives, 2-4 ECTS pts

The students should become familiar with the different trends in feminist thinking and learn to know the social position of Finnish women.

Method: Essay of the literature.

1.Tong, Rosemarie (1992): Feminist Thought. A comprehensive  introduction

The task: First give an overview of the trends in feminist thinking that Tong has described in the book. Select then one chapter of the book and give  more specific description of its central ideas, its most important theorists and tell by your own account the significance of the ideas. (2 ECTS)

2. Women in Finland (1999): Apo , Satu et. al.

The task: What is the social and cultural position of women in the Finnish society according to the book? You can compare the social situation of Finnish women to women´s situation in your own country and consider the weaknesses and strengths of the Finnish women´s position. (2 ECTS)

Professor Päivi Naskali

WSTU1502 Gender and Language, 2 ECTS pts

The aim of this course is to learn to know the gendered meanings of language.

Method: Essay on the book: Cameron, Deborah (1990): The feminist critique of language: a reader

The task: First, describe the targets that the author has given to the book: why it is important to analyse language? What is the role of language in constructing gender? Secondly, concentrate in analysing the chapters 5 and 6: how does the language construct gendered dichotomies and what is the sexist use of language. You are welcome to describe your own experiences and give some examples of your own language.

Professor Päivi Naskali                               

WSTU1503 Woman in History, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Lerner, Gerda (1997): Why history matters: life and thought
Manninen, Merja & Setälä, Päivi (eds.) (1990): The Lady with the Bow. The story of Finnish Women Collection of Articles

Assistant Mervi Autti

WSTU1504 Women in the North, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Amft, Andrea (2001): Women in Samiland. Genus n:o 1, 10-11.
Eikjok, Jorunn (2004): Gender in Sapmi. Socio-cultural transformations and new challenges. Indigenious Affairs. n:o 1-2, 52-57.
Fyhn, Asbjorg (1999): We Should Open up to a Larger World. In Liljegren, Sylvi (ed.) Woman in a Northern Landscape, 68-72.
Taking Wing Conference Report. Conference on Gender Equality and Women in the Arctic 3-6 August 2002, Saariselkä, Inari, Finland: following articles:
Keskitalo-Foley, Seija (2002): Constructing Life Through Learning – Women and Their Life Narratives in Rural Northern Finland, 96-104.
Naskali, Päivi (2002): Raising Women’s Conciousness about Gender Issues in the North, 118-126.

Seija Keskitalo-Foley

WSTU1505 Gender System of Society, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Anttonen, Anneli (ed.) (1994): Women and the welfare state: politics, professions and practices
Leira, Arnlaug (2002): Working Parent and the Welfare State.
Women and markets: learning of the differences in the Finnish and German labour markets (1994): Pertti Koistinen & Ilona Ostner (eds.)
Gendered Practices in Working Life (1997): Liisa Rantalaiho & Tuula Heiskanen (eds.)

Tarja Orjasniemi

WSTU1506 Feminist Social Work, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Working with men: feminism and social work (1996): Kate Cavanagh & Viviene E. Cree (eds.)
Dominelli, Lena (1997): Sociology for social work
Feminist social work (1989): Lena Dominelli & Eileen McLeod (eds.)
Grimwood, Cordelia & Poppelstone, Ruth (1994): Women, Management and Care

Tarja Orjasniemi

WSTU1507 Women and Art, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Chadwick, Whitney (1994): Women, Art and Society
Deepwell, Katy (1995): New feminist art criticism: critical strategies
Nochlin, Linda (1994): Women, art and power and other essays
Parker, Rozsika & Griselda Pollock (1987): Old mistress: women, art and ideology
Pollock, Griselda (1988): Vision and diffrence: Femininity, feminism and the histories of art

Professor Tuija Hautala-Hirvioja

WSTU1508 Gendered Learning and Teaching Practices, 3 ECTS pts

Method: Essay of the literature.

Feminisms and Critical Pedagogy (eds.) (1992): Luke, Carmen & Gore, Jennifer
Gore, Jennifer M. (1993): Struggle for Pedagogies. Critical and Feminist Discourse as a Regimes of Truths
Hooks, Bell (1994): Teaching for Transgress: education as a Practice of Freedom
Lather, Patti (1991): Getting smart: feminist research and pedagogy with/in the postmodern
Martin, Jane Roland (1994): Changing the Educational Landscape. Philosophy, Women and Curriculum
Pagano, Jo Anne (1990): Exiles and Communities: teaching in the patriarchal wilderness    

Professor Päivi Naskali



The women’s studies programme offers a 15-credit block of courses in English. It is a multidisciplinary selection of courses drawn from each of the University’s faculties, i.e., Education, Law, Art and Design and Social Sciences. In some subjects, women studies is integrated into teaching in English in the faculties. Women’s Studies has also been involved in seminars at the University’s International Summer Schools.

Every exchange student of the University is welcome to study Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies module aims to introduce students to the history of feminist theories and to feminist issues and concepts particularly in Finland and the North. Way of the working is mainly essays of the literature.

One credit refers to an input of approximately 40 hours work by the student. One Finnish university credit is generally equivalent to 1,5 ECTS credits.

Past subjects of women’s studies International Summer School at the University of Lapland:

  • Women and the River in the North, 1995
  • Feminist Dimension, 1996
  • Intersections of Margin and Sex - constructing cultural identity from the Feminist viewpoint, the programme including an excursion to Inari in Northern Lapland allowing the participants to familiarize themselves with the life of Sami women’s, 1999
  • Postcolonial Theory and Feminisms, 2001

For more information contact:

Women’s Studies
University of Lapland
Faculty of Education
P.O.Box 122
FIN-96101 Rovaniemi
tel. +358-16-3412411
fax +358-16-3412401