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BSRM3205 Cross-Border Areas in the Baltic Sea Region: Borders, Identity and Everyday Life 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Person in charge
PhD Karri Kiiskinen
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2017–2018 X X

Learning outcomes

On this course students gain knowledge of the cultural processes affecting the cross-border areas in the wider Baltic Sea region from the viewpoint of border and ethnological studies with a focus on micro-level analysis of borders and culture. In addition, students gain experience of applying fieldwork methods as means for further deepening their understanding of the relations between diverse borders and people's everyday lives in the region.


Students gain an overview of cross-border areas in the wider Baltic Sea region extending from the Arctic Sea coastline in the North as far as to the Tatra Mountains in the Eastern Central Europe. Apart from the Finnish borderlands with Sweden and Russia, the case studies discuss borderlands between e.g. Sweden-Denmark, Poland-Ukraine, Poland-Germany, Estonia-Russia, the Baltic countries, as well as the Russian Kaliningrad. Some borderlands are historically and culturally stable borderlands while others have been faced with the changes of borders resulting e.g. from the Second World War and more lately from European integration. This course focuses on the recent border changes in terms of micro level analysis of borderlands and everyday life. Conceptually, the focus is on the diverse border-related practices that contribute in bordering people, communities and ‘cultures’. When diverse agents contribute in and deal with changing of borders, we need to ask how these are negotiated locally, or by minorities. How transnational is the everyday life in these areas? How are the ideas and symbols of border crossing, such as heritage and the border itself, part of everyday life in these borderlands? What is their role for identity constructions among the, old and new, minorities in the area? In the empirical part of the course, students gain first-hand experience of applying the conceptual and methodological tools introduced on the course. On a two-day excursion to the Åland Islands organized by the course they can operationalise the theoretical questions raised in the lectures/literature on the basis of their own field observations, which form also the basis for their final essay.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h

Lectures, fieldwork/excursion. The course will start with an entry exam which is obligatory to all (fail/pass) with the aim of easing the participation in this course of students with different backgrounds.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
Study journal / learning diary
  • In English
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Entry exam (fail/pass), two written works: learning diary (testifies active participation in lectures and prepares the student for fieldwork/excursion), essay (on the basis of fieldwork/excursion observations, lectures and additional materials)

Recommended year of study

1. year spring

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Humanities
Thematic Subject Studies (MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Faculty of Humanities
Studies at the Faculty of Humanities
MDP in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Finnish Study Modules
Postgraduate Degrees, hum