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Education: Finland:Finish Schooling&Arts

EDSS 200 TR1 (CRN: 61768)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: EDAR 296 TR1

EDSS 200 TR1 is a travel-study program.

Travel-study courses use a specialized registration schedule and process. Visit the travel-study page to learn more.

About EDSS 200 TR1

Designed so that its content and structure may accommodate special issues not especially appropriate within the boundaries of an existing course. Prerequisite: Twelve hours in Education and related areas.


Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Travel Dates: May 21 - June 9, 2019; Travel Study to Finland; Instructor Permission Required; Cross listed with EDAR 296 TR1; Program Fee: $2,155 Apply at: study-abroad-programs/

Section Description

This travel course offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to travel and study the world renowned Finnish educational system and the role art & culture play in their schools and society. Students will observe classrooms and other learning spaces to identify qualities, policies, and creative practices that have propelled this school system to the top. We will travel to two Finnish cities, Helsinki and Oulu, to participate in artistic, cultural, and educational experiences through museum visits, theatrical performances, educational site visits, and hands on design and art making projects. In Oulu we will connect with the local university to participate with Finnish university students in a design hack, which uses art, design, and technology to solve an educational problem. Through these experiences we will compare and contrast our own experiences with art, culture, and education in the United States and collaboratively explore ways to infuse our travel course learning into our future artistic and educational endeavors.

Section Expectation

Students will be expected to attend a pre-travel workshop in March. Students are expected to be fully engaged in all aspects of the travel course, attending all sessions while abroad, planned meals, school visits, activities, and meetings. Required work is listed under evaluation.


*A 3 hour pre-trip module that will provide context for our course and baseline information about the Finnish schools and schools systems. Handmade travel journals will be created to be used throughout our trip.A written reflection will be required at the end of this session including a rationale for students’ interest in this course and established learning goals. (10% of your grade) (Time and Place TBD) *Professionalism and attendance during the trip are of utmost importance in effort to get the most out of the course and be an active participant in the collective learning experience. (50% of your grade) *A reflective log of your daily experiences (20% of your grade). *A final reflection project that highlights your learning from this trip: Due within 10 days of your return (20% of your grade).




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