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5114107 Territorial Border Conflicts: geopolitics, military geography I, 2 Cp 
Code 5114107  Validity 01.01.2010 -
Name Territorial Border Conflicts: geopolitics, military geography I  Abbreviation Territorial Bor 
Credits2 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeIntermediate Studies Subject0310 History 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   GradingFail-Pass 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation History (J) 

Pasi Tuunainen 

Learning outcomes 

The student should

  • be able to understand the impact of geopolitics, geographical factors and the military art on military operations in the northern boreal forest terrains.

The course discusses the reasons, courses of action and outcomes of the territorial border conflicts and disputes in the Finnish-Russian border areas, especially in Karelia, during the past centuries. The course sheds light on the geopolitical (strategic) interest of Russia and its predecessors in the territory of Finland and its linkages with military conquests. The course also introduces how different geographic factors influence the conduct of military operations in the forest regions of the European North. Furthermore, methods and techniques of warfare are examined. The emphasis will be on the tactical and operational levels of war. Case studies for the Part I of the lectures are chosen from medieval, early modern and modern periods to illustrate various forms of low intensity conflicts in the Finnish-Russian border zones (raids, plunder, border disputes etc.). Part II of the course concentrates on the 20 th century, especially in the features of World War II in Karelia.

Modes of study 

This course is divided into two parts. Part I is taught during the autumn and Part II in the spring. The students are required to keep course diaries (2 + 3 credits).

Study materials 

Teaching materials will be announced at the beginning of the lectures.

Evaluation criteria 


For the above-stated study mode(s), students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge.


Senior Lecturer Pasi Tuunainen


Autumn semester 2018


Joensuu campus

Further information 

The course is taught in English.

The two parts can also be taken independently of each other.


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

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