Sample courses

Here are short descriptions of sample courses that I developed and (co-)taught:

Visual Communication as a Way to Improve Working Life Skills (24h/5 days, 2021), intensive international online course, Bachelor-level; combining synchronous and asynchronous teaching around the scenario. Students develop the skills, which will help them to become strong visual communicators and powerful and intelligent visual consumers. The course design includes visual activities and collaborative group work, complemented by the introduction to visual culture studies, visual literacy, image interpretation, presentation of visuals and elements of visual ethics.

Successful Online Presentations (3 hours workshop, 2021), online doctoral-level intensive training on how to succeed in scientific conference presentations, especially in virtual format. Provided as part of the Doctoral Spring School in the Language Campus, University of Jyväskylä.

Visual Research Methods (24 contact hours, 2016, 2018, 2019), MA-level course; developed both as an intensive summer school course (24h/5 days) and as semester-long course. The course covers introduction to visual culture studies, participatory visual methods and methods of interpretation of found images as well as aspects of visual ethics. During the course students conduct a small-scale visual research projects and participate in a number of visual interpretation activities. The course has been taught in collaboration with my colleague, Rasa Zakeviciute, from the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä.

Press Photography: Theory, Practice and Interpretation (24 contact hours, 2016, 2017 and 2018), one-week intensive course in the Summer School in Human Sciences. The course explores history, theory and practice of photography, especially in regard to photographs in the press and profession of photojournalist. Students work on three creative photographic assignments for their learning portfolio. Photographs are shared and used in the classroom activities. Students improve their photographic skills and critical visual thinking.

Visual Methods in Analysing Imagery (4 hours workshop, 2015 and 2016), overview of selected visual research methods; ethics in visual research; workshop in visual analysis.

Visual Literacy: Press Photography as a Medium (18 contact hours, 2012), developing students’ visual literacy skills; introduction to the history of photography and photojournalism; work of famous photographers and war correspondents; peer-evaluation of photographic assignments; two ‘movie evenings’. The final photographic assignment was exhibited at the Finnish Conference of Communication Research, 30-31 VIII 2012, University of Jyväskylä.

Press Photography as a Medium for Intercultural Communication (12 contact hours, 2011), introduction to press photography as a source for cultural studies research; lectures and group work based on analysis of photographs; students participated in online discussion about press photography at, a platform created in cooperation with Polish IT teachers.

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