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Europeanism and the European Union. …

Europeanism and the European Union.

An optional and specialization course in social studies in upper secondary schools.
Also some basic information about Finnish School system, Upper Secondary School, social studies in USS.

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  • 1. Europeanism and the European Union
    An optional and specialization course in social studies in upper secondary schools
    Mr Kari Rajala, Principal,
    Elimäki Upper Secondary School, Kouvola, Finland
    Contact: , GSM +358 2061 57846
  • 2.
  • 3. Upper SecondaryEducation(age 16-19)
    General upper secondary education
    lukio, bachillerato, das Gymnasium, liceo
    General education that prepares students for the matriculation examination.
    Vocational upper secondary qualifications.
    The principal objective of vocational programmes is vocational competence.
  • 4. General upper secondary school (lukio)
    General upper secondary schools give general education to students aged about 16-19. They continue the basic education teaching task and provide eligibility for further studies at the higher level. The general upper secondary school ends in the matriculation examination which yields eligibility for all higher education studies.
    The school year is divided into five periods.
    A timetable is devised for each period, focusing on certain subjects
    The students’ progress and the composition of teaching groups thus depends on the students’ choice of courses.
  • 5. Subjects
    Mothertongue and literature(FinnishorSwedish)
    The other national language(SwedishorFinnish
    A-level is usually English
    German, French, Russian, Spanish, Italy, Latin (C- or D-level)
    Mathematics (advanced cource or basic course)
    Religion or Ethics
    Social Studies
    Physical education
    Health education
    Student counselling
  • 6. Courses
    The subjects has been divided into courses that each consist of about 38 lessons.
    One lesson is usually 45 minutes.
    The upper secondary syllabus consists of a minimum of 75 courses.
    There are compulsory, specialization, and applied courses.
    All students must complete the compulsory courses (47-51 courses)
    Schools must provide specialization courses for students to choose from.
  • 7. Social studies in upper secondary school
    Instruction in social studies will consolidate students’ understanding of the surrounding society. The structure of society and its key phenomena, power, the economy and means of influence will be examined from the perspectives of Finnish society, Europe and the world. Social studies are based on the contents of different branches of social sciences and law. The subject will provide students with capabilities for active and critical examination of current phenomena and for participation in social activities. Instruction is based on socio-ethical values, such as justice and equality, social responsibility, respect for human rights, appreciation of work and entrepreneurship as well as active citizenship.
    The specialization and optional course in social studies
    Compulsory courses:
    Politics and society (YH1)
    Economics (YH2)
    Citizens and law (YH3)
    Europeanism and the European Union (YH4)
  • 8. Europeanism and the European Union
    The course will familiarize students with the operations of the European Union and the status of individual citizens in an integrating Europe and will encourage them to participate in current debates about the EU.
    The objectives of the course are for students to
    obtain diverse and in-depth information about the European Union and its operations
    learn to function as citizens of the European Union
    be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and threats involved in European integration
    be able to acquire comparative information about the European Union and its citizens
    understand the effects of European integration in terms of their own lives and of the Finnish political system
  • 9. Europeanism and the European Union
    European identity
    common European values
    EU citizenship
    Exercising influence and power in the European Union
    the European Union’s decision-making system
    Finns as part of the European Union’s decision-making system
    different members
    Regional effects of the European Union
    young people’s opportunities to study and work within the EU;
    the Union of the Regions from the citizens’ perspective.
    Challenges to the European Union
    EU enlargement
    common security policy
    EU and global systems
  • 10. The Matriculation examination
    The final examination in the end of the general upper secondary school.
    Is drawn up nationally.
    There is a centralized body to check its individual tests against uniform criteria.
    Consists of at least four tests.
    Everyone must take the test in mother tongue.
    Three other tests:
    can be chosen among the second national language, one foreign language, mathematics, and sciences and humanities. …. (more in the next slide)
  • 11. The Matriculation examination (more)
    In addition to these, the candidates may take optional tests.
    The tests are arranged in spring and autumn.
    A candidate may complete the examination in one examination period or in parts during a maximum of three consecutive examination periods.
    More information from pages of
  • 12. More information in English
    The Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE)
    National Core Curriculum for General Upper Secondary Schools
    The Finnish Matriculation Examination
    The Association for Teachers of History and Social Studies in Finland
    Town Kouvola