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Turku International Summer Schools 2016


Turku University of Applied Sciences and University of Turku offer You an excellent opportunity to combine studying with active social programme, and to enjoy the best of the Nordic summer at the same time! Turku International Summer School will also be an excellent head start for the exchange students to the study-abroad period in Finland.

Orientation Day

August 8

Game Development

August 9-26.2016

Introducing and Exploring
Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life

August 9-19.2016

Urban ecology and design

August 10-26.2016

Registration is open until 20th May 2016

https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/tuas_SummerSchool_2016

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In summer 2016 we offer three Summer School Courses: 

Game Development

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Summer School 2016
Dreaming of a career in game industry? Want to learn to develop games of your own? Interested in learning more about programming, game graphics or audio design?

Join our Game Development Summer School!

Date: August 9-26.2016

Place: Turku University of Applied Sciences

Credits: 5 ECTS

Short description

Game Development Summer School is once again welcoming the students from all over the world! Our summer school program is organized in cooperation between University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Turku Game Lab. The course is designed to give unique opportunity to have hands-on-experience in game design, programming, game graphics and audio design. The multidisciplinary and international setting provides efficient learning methods and above all FUN, with aim to show how it looks to work and be part of gaming industry in Finland.

The participants work in teams with aim that at the end of the course, each team will have developed a game of their own.  You will also learn how to manage game development projects – a skill which is an essential asset in the job market. The course features top-professionals both from game industry and academia, providing the opportunities for networking in both areas of work. The course provides 5 credit points.

Turku University of Applied Sciences and University of Turku offer you an excellent opportunity to combine studying with an active social program, while experiencing Nordic summer at the same time! Turku International Summer School will also be an excellent head start for the exchange students to the study-abroad opportunities in Finland.

Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • learn the basic principles of game development procedures
  • develop a useful set of skills in game programming, game art and audio design production
  • get introduced to the principles of game design
  • explore the possibilities of interactive storytelling
  • create own unique game
  • teamwork and team-forming, roles and responsibilities in gaming company
  • history of games and game development
  • the basics of game programming
  • 2D+3D game graphics and animation
  • game audio design
  • gamification
  • interactive storytelling
  • game jam – making a game in 48h

Contents

  • teamwork and team-forming, roles and responsibilities in gaming company
  • history of games and game development
  • the basics of game programming
  • 2D+3D game graphics and animation
  • game audio design
  • gamification
  • interactive storytelling
  • game jam – making a game in 48h

Target audience

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in any field.

Methods

Expert lectures, workshops, group work, working prototype of a game.

Student work load 

4 days of 5 hours contact learning in classroom per week + 1 day of fieldwork per week.

Lectures 20 h, workshop 10 h, group work 12 h, individual work 8 h = 50 h

Assessment

Group work and participation 20 %, discussion of readings 20%, final essay 60 %.

Learning materials

Articles, presentations, audiovisual material, webpages.

Selection         

-        minimum 2 years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field of study.

-        a motivation letter of 500 words written in English explaining why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.

Number of students: max 25 

Fees 

Fee 800 €

The participation fee includes

  • tuition
  • social programme 
  • NB. Accommodation not included

Fee for Turku University of Applied Sciences and the University of Turku Students 0 €

  • NB. Social programme not included. The fee for the social programme 120 €

 

The International Summer School is organized in cooperation with the University of Turku, Turku University of Applied Sciences andTurku Game Lab.

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Introducing and Exploring Intercultural Relations in Everyday Life

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5 ECTS

August 9-19, 2016 in Turku, Finland

We keep hearing that we are living in an intercultural world and that we need to prepare for it. What does this really mean? How do we meet ‘other’ people?
What are intercultural relations made of? This introductory course will tell you everything about the knotty idea of the ‘intercultural’ and help you to deal with it.

Short description:
This course introduces and explores intercultural relations in daily life and proposes to move beyond certain assumptions towards a richer and more realistic understanding of the word ‘intercultural’. The course will be of interest to anyone who wrestles with this knotty but central notion of our times. Many concepts such as culture, identity, intercultural competence and intercultural communication are discussed and revised. Myths about interculturality are also unpacked and dispelled. The course proposes a very useful framework to address theoretical and methodological issues related to intercultural relations. Fieldwork in Finland will help the students to apply their knowledge to the reality of everyday life.

Target audience: Students with at least two years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field. 

Selection:
- minimum 2 years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field of study.
- a motivation letter of max 300 words written in English explaining clearly and honestly why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life.

Outcomes

The student will be able to 

  • reassess and discuss the definition and importance of intercultural relations today
  • develop a useful framework to address conceptual and methodological issues in relation to intercultural relations
  • analyse, explain and approach intercultural relations from a critical and reflexive perspective
  • criticise simplistic ideas about intercultural relations

Contents

  • definitions of intercultural relations, culture, identity, diversity, community
  • the meanings of globalization
  • myths around interculturality
  • othering, stereotyping, representations
  • human rights and interculturality
  • dynamic intercultural competence
  • an introduction to the basis of discourse analysis

Implementation 

4 days of 5 hours contact learning in classroom per week + 1 day of fieldwork per week.
Lectures 32 h, workshop 8h, fieldwork 12 h, group work 22 h, individual work 23 h = 97 h

Learning materials 

Articles, presentations, audiovisual material, webpages

Literature

Dervin, F. (2016). Interculturality in Communication and Education: A Theoretical and Methodological Toolbox. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Holliday, A. (2010). Intercultural communication and ideology. London: Sage.

Assessment 

Group work and participation 20 %, discussion of readings 20%, final essay 60 %.

Lecturers

This International Summer School course is organized in cooperation with the Education for Diversities Research Group (E4D), the CERG Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Universiti Putra Malaysia

  • Fred Dervin, Professor of Multicultural Education, Department of Teacher Education, Finland and Director of the Education for Diversities Research Group
  • Regis Machart, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Anu Härkönen, PhD researcher and Head of International Affairs, Turku University of Applied Sciences

Max. number of students: 25

Fees 

Fee 600 €

The participation fee includes

  • tuition
  • social programme 
  • NB. Accommodation not included

Fee for Turku University of Applied Sciences, the University of Turku and the University of Helsinki Students 0 €

  • NB. Social programme not included. The fee for the social programme 120 €

Registration

https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/tuas_SummerSchool_2016

 

Cancellation Policy

Places will not be held for applicants whose fees are not paid in full by the due date.
Participants will under no circumstances be allowed to participate in the Summer School unless the participation fee has been paid in full by 15th June 2016.

If you cancel your participation in the Summer School and have made housing arrangements, please note that you must also cancel your housing arrangements.

The following cancellation policy applies in all cases, where the participant has paid the participation fee, but wishes to cancel his/her registration in the Summer School:

  • Cancellations received prior to 15 June 2016: 100€
  • Cancellations received after 15 June 2016: Paid in full.

The organisers of the Summer School reserve the right to cancel the Summer School, if the number of participants is insufficient.

Urban ecology and design

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3 ECTS + optional book exam 2 ECTS (Kevin J. Gaston: Urban Ecology)

August 10-26, 2015 in Turku, Finland

The world is rapidly urbanizing. Urbanization proceeds very rapidly especially in the developing countries. Meanwhile, global efforts to slow down climate change and making the required energy transition are accelerating. A compact city structure is one of key elements of an energy efficient city and thus there is high pressure to fill-in “empty” spaces in existing cities. However, these spaces offer crucial habitats for a number of animal and plant species; actually, the urbanization does not only concern people, but also many birds, mammals and other organisms have started to colonize cities! During this course you will explore, together with a group of experts, the hidden secrets of the urban ecosystem and try to find solutions for a city that is a healthier living environment for both people and urban wildlife.

Short description:

The course deals with the ecological footprint of cities, characteristics of cities as ecosystems, physical characteristics of urban areas (including the urban heat island), urban biodiversity and conservation of urban wildlife, city planning as a tool for protecting biodiversity, as well as mapping and monitoring of urban ecosystem services.
You will hear lectures, observe city wildlife during walks, share ideas in learning cafes and make a field study of an urban brook. The course is led by a group of experts; ecologists, engineers, geographers and city planners coming from different institutions. The main objective is to provide the students with a coherent and multidisciplinary view on challenges and solutions related to biodiversity in modern urban development.

Target audience

Undergraduate students with at least two years completed of Bachelor’s studies in any field. 

Selection

-  minimum 2 years of completed Bachelor’s studies in any field of study.

-  a motivation letter of max 300 words written in English explaining why the student is interested in the course, what s/he expects to get out of it and how s/he plans to use what s/he has learnt in her/his future life. 

Outcomes

The student becomes familiar with different aspects of urban growth, and the role of cities in global change. He/she also learns basic approaches to urban planning and environmental management.

Contents

  • World Urbanization and Ecological Footprint of Cities
  • City as an ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and Conservation of Urban Wildlife
  • Urban Ecosystem Services
  • Aquatic habitats in the city
  • Physical Environment of a city and Human Impacts
  • City land use planning and management and biodiversity
  • The triple helix of city planning – the authorities, companies and citizens

Methods

Expert lectures, workshops, group work, fieldwork, essay

Student work load 

12 days of contact learning in and outside of the classroom + group work + optional book exam 

Assessment

Essay, group work, exam

Learning materials

Articles, presentations, audiovisual material, webpages

Max. number of students: 25

Fees 

Fee 500 €

The participation fee includes

  • tuition
  • social programme 
  • NB. Accommodation not included

Fee for Turku University of Applied Sciences and the University of Turku students 0 €

  • NB. Social programme not included. The fee for the social programme 120 €

Registration

https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/tuas_SummerSchool_2016



Cancellation Policy

Places will not be held for applicants whose fees are not paid in full by the due date.
Participants will under no circumstances be allowed to participate in the Summer School unless the participation fee has been paid in full by 15th June 2016.

If you cancel your participation in the Summer School and have made housing arrangements, please note that you must also cancel your housing arrangements.

The following cancellation policy applies in all cases, where the participant has paid the participation fee, but wishes to cancel his/her registration in the Summer School:

  • Cancellations received prior to 15 June 2016: 100€
  • Cancellations received after 15 June 2016: Paid in full.

The organisers of the Summer School reserve the right to cancel the Summer School, if the number of participants is insufficient.

 

Social Programme

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Summer School is not just about studying, it is also about new experiences and making friends! By participating in the social programme, you will explore Turku and its surroundings, get to know Finnish culture as well as meet other summer school participants.

Social Programme

Accommodation

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Bore

Have you ever lived on a steam ship? 

The former steamship s/s Bore now permanently anchors on the banks of the River Aura. The ship that used to sail the seas of the world is restored to its former shine and spends its retirement days serving as Hostel Borea. 

Location

The unique Hostel Borea is located next to the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Turku Castle, 2,5 kms from the city centre and 5 kms from the premises of the Summer School. By using the local bus network, you can reach the ICT Building in less than 30 minutes -  or why not take a morning stroll upstreams the River Aura

Prices

Special prices, which are valid during the period 8-26 August 2016 and for a minimum stay of 6 consecutive nights, are offered to the participants of the Summer School:

Single Cabin 23 €/person/night (shared bathroom)
Twin Cabin 20 €/person/night (shared with another person, shared bathroom)

The prices include bed linen, towels, morning sauna and breakfast which is served in the buffet restaurant of the ship. The cabins are cleaned and new bed linen provided once a week. 

Reservations

Book your accommodation directly with Hostel Borea:

email: hostelborea@turku.fi 
phone: +358 40 843 6611

Remember to give the reservation code "Summer School", which is essential for getting the special price!

Reservations must be made before 15 June 2016.

Also, should you need to cancel your reservation, please remember to contact Hostel Borea directly.

Other accommodation options

Of course there are also of other accommodation possibilities in Turku. Check the options and choose the one that suits you best. Please note that you need to make your reservation directly with the hostel or hotel.

Inn 22 is a cozy and tranquile vacation residence close to the ICT buildning.

Room prices:
  • Rooms 1,2,3,5 and 6: single 45€, double 65€, triple 80€
  • Room 4: single person 60€, accompanying guests in the same room 15€/person