General studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to
- give the student a picture of legislation as a foundation for our society
- get the student to find, use and understand the basic legislation regulating working life and the legislation in their own professional field

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- use some basic legal terms and describe the court system in Finland
- explain how the European Union affects Finnish society
- describe the decision-making system within local authorities
- give a brief outline of the legislation regulating working life and the professional field of the student
- describe how the legislation within the professional field is implemented in a local authority

Course contents

The Finnish society
Legislation concerning working life
Legislation concerning social and health care

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended or required reading

Bruun, N. & von Koskull, A. 2003. Allmän arbetsrätt. Helsingfors: Schildts.

Harjula, H., Lundström, I., Kirvelä, T., Majoinen, K. & Myllyntaus, O. 2005. Så fungerar kommunen. Helsingfors: Finlands kommunförbund.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 4 hours
  • Tuition managed by students but supervised by the teacher - 6 hours
  • Project work and productions - 25 hours
  • Individual studies - 63 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 88 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 45 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions


  • Onninen Berit
  • Sigfrids Ingmar


Sigfrids Ingmar

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2009-03-11 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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