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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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
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NAMS1111 Crossing the Atlantic: The Making of North America 4 ECTS
Organised by
North American Studies
Person in charge
Janne Korkka, Department of English, Rosetta

Learning outcomes

After completing this class, the student should have a clear understanding of the process, context, and major demographic, cultural and political inputs and outcomes in the creation of a neo-European civilization in North America (Canada & the USA). Students should become critically aware of relevant sources of information in libraries and the internet, and familiar with the main historical outlines and major events, and with relevant political, cultural and ideological frames of reference for making sense of these.


The course covers the history of North America and the Caribbean from the first European contacts to the present day. Key concepts addressed include: definitions of 'North America', and its regional geographies; its states, populations, and cultures, and the dynamics of their interaction; and the major historical phases and events.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 28 h 0 h
Independent work 75 h 0 h

Lectures: 28 h (class contact), + approx 75 h of student work outside the classroom + final written examination based on the lectures and the textbook Brescia & Super, North America: An Introduction (2009, University of Toronto Press).
Class attendance (lectures) 2 h/wk.
The class lasts one full semester (2 Quarters).

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work and Exercise(s) and Revision test

Participation in lectures and work outside the classroom
Attendance at lectures + a final written exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
By written examination on the scale 5 (excellent), 4 (very good), 3 (good), 2 (satisfactory, 1 (pass), 0 (fail).

Recommended year of study

For students taking NAMS as a Minor: During the first year of NAMS studies.
For international / exchange students: N/A (not applicable)

Study materials

See the NAMS website.

Further information

The NAMS program is available as a Minor to any degree student at Turun yliopisto or Åbo Akademi University. All classes and study units in the NAMS program are also open to any student registered with Turun yliopisto for a degree or as a visiting international or exchange student.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Languages and Translation Studies
North American Studies (North American Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
School of Languages and Translation Studies
English, English Translation and Interpreting
English, English Philology
Spanish, Spanish Studies
Spanish, Spanish Translation Studies
Italian, Italian Language and Culture
Italian, Italian Translation Studies
Classical Archaeology
Greek Philology
Translation Studies
Latin Philology
Scandinavian Languages
French, French Studies
French, French Translation and Interpreting
Romanian Language and Culture
German, German Philology
German, German Translation and Interpreting
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Lang./Finno-Ugric Lang.
MDP in Finnish and Other Finno-Ugric Languages
Finnish and Finno-Ugric Languages/Finnish Language
Finnish Language and Culture
Hungarian Language and Culture
Russian Studies
Sign Language
Estonian Language and Culture