Current and Upcoming Courses

JMC Seminar, NAMS0020-3002, 2 ECTS
"ACT!VISM: Momentum. Movement. Mobilization."

Date: Friday, 7 September 2018
Time: 10.00-17.00
Place: UTU, Publicum, Lecture Hall 2
Black Lives Matter, Never Again, #NoDAPL, #MeToo. Half a century has passed since the iconic protests of the Civil Rights movement, but people in the United States continue to take to the streets – and now also to social media – to stand up for their rights. The United States today is a hotbed for social movements, with groups mobilizing against issues ranging from gun violence to environmental risks. This seminar will examine the forms that activism has taken in the U.S. within historical, theoretical, and contemporary contexts. What counts as “activism”? How can we show solidarity across boundaries of race, class, sexuality, and/or gender? What are the transnational and global impacts of U.S. social movements? What engenders moments of mobilization at specific points in history? Students will hear two keynote lectures addressing theories and historical case studies surrounding activism and solidarity as well as a roundtable discussion on current activist movements. The day will conclude with a film screening. The seminar will require students to think about and draw links between the nature of activism, the contours of U.S. society, and the historical moment we are currently experiencing.


UTU and ÅA students can earn 2 ECTS credits by attending the seminar and writing a report. The course may be taken as part of North American Studies (NAMS0016, NAMS0020, NAMS1020, or NAMS1022), Contemporary History (A4 or A7), or Cultural History (KUHI0277). No advance registration is required.


Students will write a 6-8 page report.

Students will select one main question to address in their report. This will be the title of the report. The question may either be one raised during the seminar, or a question that the student has thought of themselves. The report will critically analyze activism in the United States and the major issues raised during the seminar through a consideration of this question. The report should NOT be a mechanical summary of the presentations. Instead, students must carefully consider their paper’s organization and structure, utilizing the larger unifying themes arising from the seminar. 

The report will include an introduction, discussion, and conclusion. The introduction should outline the question posed, and briefly state the student’s answer to that question. The discussion should be structured into paragraphs considering different aspects of the question. The conclusion should present a thoughtful response to the chosen question. The report must reference each of the sections of the seminar: both keynote lectures, the roundtable discussion and the film. It does not have to reference each individual speaker in the roundtable discussion. The assignment is expected to be formally written and carefully proofread. No additional sources are required, though students may include relevant materials, if they wish. If additional material is used, all the sources must be referenced in footnotes or in-text citations and also listed at the end of the report.

Reports may be written in English or Finnish.

Use 1,5 line spacing and the font Times New Roman 12pt. Margins should be 2 cm at the top and bottom, 2.5 cm on the left and right (‘Normal’ margins setting on Microsoft Word).

The deadline for the Report is Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Clearly indicate your name and student number on the report's first page.

Grading scale: 0-5.
The main evaluation criteria for the report are the understanding of the seminar discussion and themes, the student’s own thinking and response, and structure and clarity. Adherence to technical instructions will also be taken into account.

Email the report as a Word or .pdf attachment to Dr. Reetta Humalajoki: reetta.humalajoki[at]

Contact: Dr. Reetta Humalajoki