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Law - Ht18 Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management: Lessons from the Åland Example

Kurstyp Yrkeshögskolekurs
Ämne/kursnamn Law - Ht18 Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management: Lessons from the Åland Example
Föreläsare Associate Professor of International Law Spiliopoulou Åkermark Sia /
Studiepoäng 5
Kursram Framework: The course follows the requirements at the Åland University of Applied Sciences.
Kurstider Duration: 15.10.2018 – 07.01.2019
Första anmälan 07.06.2018 kl. 09:00
Sista anmälan 24.09.2018
Avgiftstyp Terminsavgift
Avgift € 90
Förkunskaper Prerequisites: The course approaches territorial autonomy from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on law and political science. A bachelor’s degree in the humanities (political science, peace and conflict studies, international law, public administration or other relevant disciplines) or equivalent experience and a proficient command of English are recommended prerequisites for successful participation. Each module includes obligatory tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to proceed to the next module.
Mål Learning objectives: The course is an introduction to territorial autonomy, in theory and practice, and the so-called “Åland Example”. The aim of the course is to provide participants with a broad academic framework for discussing territorial autonomy from different perspectives, among others against the background of concepts such as self-determination, power-sharing and minority rights. After completion of the course the student should:
• have a solid knowledge about territorial autonomy and the Åland Islands case based on a broad academic framework of different perspectives
• be able to relate the concept of autonomy to related concepts such as power-sharing, self-determination and minority rights
• be well acquainted with the characteristics of the Åland Island’s special status regarding demilitarisation, neutralisation and cultural and linguistic safe-guards
• have knowledge about the processes of development of the Åland autonomy within the Finnish national political system
• be able to critically analyse and employ mechanisms of territorial autonomy to different international situations, and
• be able to formulate, analyse and discuss central theoretical concepts of territorial conflict management.
Innehåll Contents: The course encompasses 5 modules, as well as introductory reading materials and a final essay of 4000 words.
• Political power-sharing and institutional solutions for autonomy
• Linguistic safeguards, the ‘right of domicile’ and diversity issues
• Security perspectives: Demilitarisation, neutralisation, collective security
• The Challenge of multi-level governance and regional Integration
• Tools for Conflict Resolution and case studies
Arbetssätt Approach: The Åland Example is used as the main case study. We will discuss the demilitarisation and neutralisation, the autonomy regime as well the cultural and linguistic safeguards pertaining to Åland. A focus will be on the development of the regime over time, including more recent shifts in the regime. The course will also discuss the relevance of territorial autonomy as a possible tool for conflict resolution. Students shall be encouraged to critically reflect upon the relevance of autonomy as a potential solution to ethno-political conflicts.
Successful participants will be awarded 5 credit points based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The workload thus corresponds to approximately 132 hours of work. Student work includes compulsory reading, audio and video material, regular participation in forum discussions and short essays to be completed within every module. A final essay (4000 words) is due at the end of the course.
Format: The course will be taught online on a digital e-learning platform through rich selections of resources including course literature, audio and video material and a discussion forum. All participants will get log-in details and further instructions upon registration. The course presupposes an interactive use of the digital course platform by the students. The language of instruction is English. The course is offered in cooperation with the Åland Islands Peace Institute.
Examination Examination:
A final grade on grading scale A-E (where A is the highest possible grade) will be awarded for the final essay upon completion of the course and its compulsory tasks. Regular and substantive participation within deadlines across all modules is a prerequisite for being able to submit the final essay. A certificate is issued by the Open University/Åland University of Applied Sciences for those that have successfully completed the course.
Litteratur Readings:
All compulsory course material will be provided on the e-platform.
Prior to the start of Module I, participants will be required to read two introductory texts (ca 40 pages).
Övrig information Contact person:
Please contact main course teacher Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (sia[at] if you have questions about the course.
The homepage of the Åland Islands Peace Institute can be accessed through

Register by sending an e-mail to the course organizer,, with the course name, your name, birth date and address, incl. mail-address.

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