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The construction of entrepreneurial agency on farms.

Docent Kari Mikko Vesala.

ECTS credits: 5

Main building, hall 21, on Mondays at 10-14,  01.11.2010 – 13.12.2010

(Study units SP19, SP54e, SP55b or SP61, or REMS courses)

Requirements: Active participation (20 h), regular readings (several articles), and an essay (based on the lecturs and readings). The introductory articles (Shaver: The social psychology of entrepreneurial behaviour, 2003; Vesala: The social embeddedness of personal control. A social psychological perspective to rural entrepreneurship, 2004) should be read for the first lecture. The articles are available for copying in the course folder to be found at Unioninkatu 37, second floor, shelf opposite room 2041.

Absence policy: Extra work will be required in case of absence from max. one lecture.

Aims and contents: The course examines the cultural processes of constructing agents in modern society by considering entrepreneurship discourses as evolving, but controversial, frames for experience, action and policy in working life.  Social psychology of entrepreneurship and a relational conception of agency are introduced as analytical perspectives. Special attention will be paid to the ongoing changes in the farm context. There the traditional model of state protected production on family farms has been seriously challenged particularly by neo-liberal politics. There is a continuous change going on towards a more market driven and competitive business. The course will introduce recent research on the changing patterns of farm business practices and the issues of self-identity, values and skills of farmers, and also provide insights on how these issues can be related to the construction of entrepreneurial agency.

Timetable (tentative)

1. Introduction to the course (1.11.2010)

2. Social psychology of entrepreneurship 1.11.2010)

3. Entrepreneurship in context I: Discourses of entrepreneurship (8.11.2010)

4. Revisiting social psychology of entrepreneurship: on the construction of agency
(15.11.2010)

5. Entrepreneursp in context II: Entrepreneurship and farms (22.11.2010 & 29.11.2010;
visiting lecturers involved)