The internationals throw a colloquium at soc&kom

TackSaMycket 2009 (c) Andreas NilssonThe international students at the Swedisch School of Social Science will organize a colloquium and reception end of April. On April 29 students will present their specializations and have a toast to say thanks to our hosts, the students and staff at soc&kom. After a successful “Tack så Mycket” end of last term, we try to repeat the success.

Världen i soc&kom 2010
Thursday, April 29: 17:00
Festsalen at the Swedish School of Social Science (Snellmaninkatu 12, Helsinki)
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Getting published: Student magazines

old scripture, WikipediaWriting is still the key skill for professional and academics. Whatever your career goal is, to be able to write and to overcome the anxiety of a blank screen is one of the most important things. So it is not that dumb, to try out your first steps before you graduate. Short general interest articles are probably a must, more detailed scholarly papers, maybe based on your seminars, might follow with a progressed semester count.
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Independent Study: [proʊˈkræstəneɪt]

On the lighter side. The University of Helsinki is one of the mayor research universities in Europe. That usually means for students with a progressed semester count to write and research quite a bit on their own. Papers, essays, lecture diaries, … I don´t even want to know what kind of lab work the students of the Dark Side (i.e. natural sciences, engineering, …) have to do.

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Around Helsinki: Tallinn

TallinnWell, “around” is defined rather broadly in this context. Still, the capital of Estonia is just a few hours with the ferry away from Helsinki. Since the accession of the Baltic States to the Schengen Area, you can move without passport across the borders. Estonia is especially interesting, as it shares linguistic ties with Finland and Tallinn shares as Hanse city a history with the Nordic countries and the German-speaking Baltic region.
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08.03.2010 // International Women’s Day 2010

Sign of VenusOnly since 100 years there is something such as a Women’s Day.  In 1910 the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen followed Clara Zetkin and established an International Women’s Day. This day of celebration (and of protest) was initiated by the II. Socialist International and is nowadays supported by the United Nations and many social and political advocacy organizations.

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Political Finland: Foreign Affairs

Flag of the Republic of FinlandA few days ago, a group of students visited the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thanks to the exceptional mailing list of the international students in Helsinki, I was able to interest about 25 students across all faculties to come with me. The visit was hosted by the Unit of Policy Planning and Research, something like the internal think tank of the Ministry.
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The Ugly Student: Ripping off Hursti Charity

Logo Hursti CharityDespite the rather egalitarian society in Finland, it is still a capitalist country. And with capitalists you get philanthropists, who want to support social causes, culture, or other concerns with their wealth. These charities combine a real relief for those receiving help with a chance for the better people to cut out the state and to decide by themselves whom to give money.
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You should learn Finnish. Seriously.

Central Park Helsinki (Wikipedia)The Finnish language is ome of the medium-often spoken languages of the European Union. Finnish is together with Swedish national language in Finland and minority language in parts of Sweden, Norway, and the Russian Federation. Finnish as a second language is most popular in the Baltic states, especially Estonia. Surprising for prophets of a Europe as a revival of Charlemagne´s Holy Roman Empire, it is not part of the Indo-European language branch (Slavic, Baltic, Albanian, Romanic, Germanic, …).
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Around Helsinki: Tampere

Tammerkoski, Tampere 2007 (Wikipedia)Usually one leaves Helsinki at least for one week-end or so, if one lives here for three months or even a full year. The next bigger town around is Tampere (swed.: Tammerfors). The town is an old industrial town that made the best out of its heritage. And with the cheapest, slowest train about two hours from Helsinki central station.

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Your English is really bad?

President Reagan and Queen Elizabeth II, 1982 (Wikipedia)Well, if you come to Helsinki from outside the Nordic countries you probably will register for courses held in English. For several of my friends back in Munich this is actually an issue while considering to go abroad. In most of the world English is not the native language and for most of us it is the first or second foreign language. Usually we put “Proficiency in English” in our CV, but feel unsure about having to use it at university and private life.

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