Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2014–2015
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
POLH2323 Leadership Elections, Media and Political Campaigning in Selected Western Democracies since 1960's 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Intermediate studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
Poliittinen historia
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.

Learning outcomes

The course introduces students to the phenomenon of political leadership from a variety of perspectives. Students are encouraged to analyse political leadership as a process taking place in a particular historical and societal context, always defined by the political system in which it appears. After completing the course, students will have tools to both understand and scrutinise the process's phases including pursuing, achieving, using and losing political power. In addition to lectures, students will share their ideas and experiences with their fellow students in workshops. To provide a wide scale of examples and viewpoints for the discussions, the course warmly welcomes students from different cultural and academic backgrounds. This shall include (but is not limited to) political science, history, gender studies, journalism and media studies.


Kurssille on ilmoittauduttava etukäteen NettiOpsussa. Ilmoittautuminen avautuu 1.3.2015 klo 06.00 ja sulkeutuu 7.4.2015 klo 23.59. - Students must register on this course beforehand at NettiOpsu. The registration period for the course starts on 1 March at 6:00 and ends on 7 April at 23:59.

Teacher responsible

Mari K. Niemi


13-Apr-2015 – 27-Apr-2015
Lectures 20 h
maanantai / monday weekly
Mon 13-Apr-2015 - 27-Apr-2015 weekly at 10.15-13.45, Paasivirta-sali, Poliittinen historia, Arwidssoninkatu 1, rak. 11
20-Apr-2015 at 12.15 –15.45 , huomaa poikkeava kellonaika
torstai / thursday weekly
Thu 16-Apr-2015 - 23-Apr-2015 weekly at 10.15-13.45, Paasivirta-sali, Poliittinen historia, Arwidssoninkatu 1, rak. 11


Numeric 0-5.

Evaluation criteria

Students are expected to attend the lectures and participate actively and constructively in workshop discussions, read in advance the additional literature provided by the lecturer, write an essay (10–12 pages, in English) and present a summary of the essay to fellow students.

Further information

  • Monday 13 April 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Introduction. Political leadership: what it is, what does it do and what do we need it for?
  • Thursday 16 April 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Elected and ejected. How is political power achieved, obtained and lost? Two perspectives, case Great Britain: (1) Party leadership elections since 1960’s (2) Parliamentary elections 2015.
  • Monday 20 April 2015, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Pathways to power: Female politicians breaking through the glass ceiling. Women’s breakthrough to presidency and party leadership in Finland and other Nordic countries.
  • Thursday 23 April 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Personalisation of political power. Success stories and failures in political campaigning and media strategies from the late 1950s until the present in the United States.
  • Monday 27 April 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Students present an abstract and the first notions for their essays and receive constructive comments from the lecturer and fellow students to improve their ideas. Introduction to essay writing, closing discussion and feedback on the course. 

The language of the course is English