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The biggest issues at the Uni part 3/5: The Big Wheel


The Big Wheel – what will happen to your subject?

The Big Wheel (”Iso pyörä”) refers to the ongoing degree structure and content reform at the University. The aim is to clarify initial information on bachelor's and master's programmes, including the names and brief descriptions, by 10 Dec. In the autumn of 2017, the purpose is to include new students in new degree programmes. This starts a three-year transitional phase, during which students may graduate in accordance with the current degree structures or start in a new degree programme if they wish to do so.

The reform concerns the entire University but it is implemented in different ways in different faculties. The most significant structural reforms will be made in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts. In faculties, vice deans (education) are in charge of the implementation of the extensive project. At the university level, the project group and the Academic Affairs Council are in charge. If you want to hear more about changes in your subject, you should turn to study advisors in your own subject and faculty organisation or student representatives in administration. Student representatives in department and faculty councils are available here:

After the reform, each student belongs to either a bachelor's, master's or doctoral programme. Degree programmes will be mainly formed based on the current subjects. A degree programme consisting of several subjects may include different branches of study. The minimum of 40 students per year has been proposed as the number of admissions for bachelor's and master's programmes (with the exception of the Swedish programmes). Along the reform, it is easier for students to change a field when they transfer to a master's or doctoral programme. Some master's programmes may require an application process based on previous studies but every student will certainly continue to have access to a master's programme in one's own field. Students still have to apply for doctoral programmes.

Educational planning in degree programmes will be made skill-based; each course specifies the skills that students should have after completing the course. The educational planning work for degree programmes will begin in the spring of 2016 and faculties must include students in the process.

The Student Union's objective in the reform is to ensure the implementation of a student's legal protection, student representation in the preparatory process and a student's access to information. The Student Union participates in the University's working groups and events as well as meets with key policymakers in the reform. HYY's Committee for Academic Affairs organises events where you can present questions concerning the reform. All students are welcome to provide information on the process at their own faculty. In addition, students interested in advocacy can follow the discussion ongoing in HYY in Facebook group HYY - Edunvalvonta | Intressebevakning | Advocacy.

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