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5117329 European Borders and the European Neighbourhood, 5 Cp 
Code 5117329  Validity 01.05.2011 -
Name European Borders and the European Neighbourhood  Abbreviation European Border 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Geography (Geography and Human Geography) (J) 

Ilkka Liikanen 

Learning outcomes 

After completing the course:

  • the students are familiar with the main lines of the formation and transformation of borders in Europe and within the EU’s eastern neighbourhood
  • students recognise the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of current research on the constitution of borders, European integration and EU policies of external relations.
  • students are able to discuss the variety of theoretical approaches and understand their contested nature and links to hidden political agendas.
  • with involvement in the seminar, the students have more experience and insight in applying their research methods and communication skills.

By the end of this course, students will understand better the construction and transformation of European borders, including Russia and the former-Soviet space. Special attention is paid to the changing political language and spatial imaginaries of constructing, legitimizing or challenging borders. The main themes of the lecture course are: introduction to formation and transformation of borders in Europe and within the European neighbourhood; key concepts and theoretical frameworks of the study of the construction and transformation of borders; changing significance of borders in the context of European integration; politics of cross-border co-operation and EU external relations in the EU’s eastern neighbourhood.

Modes of study 

The course comprises lectures (20h) and an examination, as well as a seminar (8h) and final paper.

Study materials 

To be announced at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation criteria 

0-5. Students must prove that they have achieved the required level of knowledge for the lectures and assigned texts by writing an examination, to be evaluated 0-5. Additionally, students must prove that they understand the construction and trans-formation of European border by presenting orally and submitting a research essay on a related issue to be evaluated 0-5. Active attendance at lectures is required.


Professor Ilkka Liikanen





Further information 

Language of instruction is English.


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.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
Registration ended J: European Borders and the European Neighbourhood  Lecture course  Ilkka Liikanen 
14.01.19mon 14.00-16.00
15.01.19tue 14.00-16.00
21.01.19mon 14.00-16.00
24.01.19thu 14.00-16.00
28.01.19mon 14.00-16.00
29.01.19tue 14.00-16.00
04.02.19mon 14.00-16.00
05.02.19tue 14.00-16.00
11.02.19mon 14.00-16.00
12.02.19tue 10.00-12.00
18.02.19mon 14.00-16.00
25.02.19mon 09.00-14.00
12.03.19tue 14.00-16.00

Future exams
No exams