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FINN 310 A: Topics In Finnish Language And Culture

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
MGH 291

Syllabus Description:

Oppikirja / Textbook:

Eloranta, Niina & Heidi Lehtosaari: Kipinä 1–2: Suomea lukioon (Req., available via Canvas)
Kenttälä, Marjukka, Lasse Koskela, Saija Pyhäniemi & Tuomas Seppä: Monikulttuurisen maamme kirja (Req., available via Canvas
White, Leila: Grammar Book of Finnish (Optional)

Kurssikuvaus / Course description:

FINN 310  is designed to set the path for the student to engage in the different ways that Finnish language is, has been, and can be used. The course is designed for students who already know Finnish well enough to communicate various topics in some length both orally and in writing, and also read, listen and make use of content and topics that (s)he is previously unfamiliar with. There are no official prerequirements, but the students are expected to meet the level reached by the end of the second year Finnish classes (FINN 203). The course will be conducted in Finnish.

The course will be structured around two parallel themes – diachronic Finland and synchronic Finland. In the diachronic part, we will be familiarizing ourselves with Finnish history by looking Finland through the lens of texts from different times. We will discuss different historical eras in Finland with a special emphasis on their profoundly multicultural nature. In the synchronic part, we will acquaint ourselves with different ways that Finnish language is used nowadays, as well as the genre-related typicalities – how to use the right kind of language in the right kind of situation. There will be readings for each class that will be discussed and contextualized. In the diachronic part, the focus is on literary texts and their interpretation whereas in the synchronic part there are lots of different texts and also more focus on linguistic features. During the course we will also review some of the grammar and themes as well as broaden and deepen your vocabulary and command of grammar, especially in terms of genre-related typicalities in the use of constructions and features for the different genres and communicative situations covered during the class.

Special attention will be paid to learning vocabulary, listening comprehension and speaking in Finnish and the class will provide students the opportunity to practice new vocabulary and grammatical structures through in-class discussion of assigned activities and readings. Newspaper articles, films, and the Internet will be used. To succeed in this course, you must actively participate and you will be expected to attend class regularly, prepare for class daily, and speak as much Finnish as possible.

Additional Details:

Why Study Finnish?

Finnish courses are a fun way to satisfy your language requirement, learn more about Finnish heritage, or get acquainted with a non-Indo-European language. Our courses are taught by an exceptional faculty, including our visiting Finnish Language Lecturer and a Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student.

How will this impact my career?

In our increasingly global world, proficiency in a foreign language is a big career asset! Students of Finnish have gone on to jobs at Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, as well as to graduate and professional schools at such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, the University of Washington, and Harvard University.

What requirements am I filling?

The College of Art and Sciences, the School of Social Work and the College of Education have language requirements beyond the UW admission requirement – studying Finnish through the third quarter fulfills this requirement. 

What scholarships are available?

Students of Finnish are eligible to apply for support from the Eero and Helli Tetri Endowed Fund, the Finnish Studies Endowment, and the Kalevala Endowment.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! We have a variety of programs for students to study abroad in Finland and throughout Scandinavia and the Baltics.

How does registration work?

The sequence starts in autumn quarter with FINN 310 and lasts for two quarters.

Want to learn more?

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Catalog Description: 
Topics related to Finnish literature, life, and civilization.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:17pm