Law - Ht22 Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management – Lessons from the Åland Example 100

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Law - Ht22 Territorial Autonomy as a Tool for Diversity Management – Lessons from the Åland Example 100






Framework: The course follows the requirements at the Åland University of Applied Sciences.


Duration: 03.10.2022 – 30.12.2022 online.

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07.06.2022 kl. 09:00

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Teachers: Associate Professor of International Law, Jur. Dr. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark & Dr. Alexander Osipov

Contact and registration:

Please contact main course teacher Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (sia[at] if you have questions about the content of the course, or Mirjam Lukola (mirjam[at], course administrative assistant on all other matters.

Register by sending an e-mail to, with the following information:

1. Course name

2. Your full name

3. Date of birth

4. Address

5. E-mail-address

6. Highest/latest university degree/qualification


Prerequisites: The course approaches territorial autonomy from an interdisciplinary perspective and comparative, with law and political science as starting points. A bachelor’s degree in the humanities (political science, peace and conflict studies, international law, public administration or other relevant disciplines) or equivalent experience as well as a proficient command of English are recommended prerequisites for successful participation. Each of the five modules includes obligatory tasks that need to be fulfilled in order to proceed to the next module. Study can otherwise be done at students’ own pace. There is, however, possibility for informal group tutoring once a week for those who so wish.


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, regional integration and minority rights. After completion of the course the student should:

• have a solid knowledge about territorial autonomy based on a broad academic framework of different perspectives

• have a solid knowledge about the Åland islands solution and the concept of the “Åland Example”

• be able to relate the concept of autonomy to adjacent concepts such as territorial governance, power-sharing, self-determination, federalism and minority rights

• be acquainted with the characteristics of the Åland Island’s special status of demilitarisation, neutralisation and cultural and linguistic safeguards

• have knowledge about the comparative relational processes between autonomous regions and the state

• be able to critically analyse and use mechanisms of territorial autonomy to different international and regional situations, and

• be able to formulate, analyse and discuss central theoretical concepts of territorial conflict management.


Contents: The course encompasses 5 modules, as well as introductory reading materials and a final essay of 4000 words. The modules focus on following main themes:

• Political power-sharing and institutional solutions for autonomy

• Linguistic safeguards, the ‘right of domicile’ and diversity issues

• Security perspectives: Demilitarisation, neutralisation, regional and collective security

• The challenge of multi-level governance and regional integration

• Tools for Conflict Resolution and Case Studies


Format: The course will be taught online on a digital e-learning platform through a rich selection of resources including course literature, audio and video material and a discussion forum. All participants will receive further instructions upon admission to the course. 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 a cooperation between the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Open University/Åland University of Applied Sciences.



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, oral and written, within deadlines across all modules is a prerequisite for being allowed to submit the final essay. A certificate is issued by the Open University/Åland University of Applied Sciences for those that have successfully completed all parts of the course.



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

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