Key terms for cultural history are culture and temporality. Instead of spanning extensive historical periods, cultural history focuses on the everyday lives and worldviews of past generations. We look at human actions in time, their motivations, circumstances and effects, and the meanings given to them. Our areas of specialisation and particular strengths are in northern cultural history and the dialogue between art and research.
The studies provide students with qualifications for teaching history (according to Finnish education system and legislation). Basic education (primary school): In addition to basic and subject studies in cultural history, students are also required to hold a master's degree and have completed teachers' pedagogical studies. General upper secondary education: In addition, students are also required to have completed specialized studies in cultural history.
At our university it is possible to complete basic (25 cr.), subject (35 cr.) and advanced studies (60 cr.) in cultural history. Students can also take individual courses. We
offer courses for those basic degree and doctoral students whose theses
and dissertations require a grasp of the historical approach and
methodology of historical research.
The cultural history studies
are designed for students who are interested in past generations'
actions, thoughts and relationships to the world, presence of history in
the present, and the way history influences the everyday lives and
images of the future of contemporary people. Cultural History welcomes
multidisciplinary discussion, and our minor students come from a wide
range of subjects at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of
Education and Faculty of Art and Design.
Note! The module is taught in Finnish.
Tel. +358 40 570 6889
Research profile >
Kari Immonen (Professor Emeritus in Cultural History, University of Turku)
Veli-Pekka Lehtola (Professor of Saami Culture, Giellagas Institute, University of Oulu)
Kaisa Vehkalahti, Social and Cultural History (Academic Researcher in Social and Cultural History, University of Oulu)
Tiina Harjumaa, University Teacher
Pilvikki Lantela, Part-time Teacher
Cultural History has also other part-time teachers and lecturers.