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Teaching schedule, curriculum year 2023–2024

TAU/MOOC: Key Concepts of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) 5cr, 2023, Online teaching

Online teaching (English)
15.9.2023 – 2.12.2023
Active in period 1 (1.8.2023–22.10.2023)
Active in period 2 (23.10.2023–31.12.2023)

Enrollment: 1–15 August, 2023

Please note! All enrollments via this enrollment form.

Credits: 1 to 5, depending on the selected course modules (for more information see Standard or Alternative Completion Methods in the section below Study Methods/Requirements to Complete the Course)

PLEASE NOTICE: Also students from outside Finland can obtain credits, when their identification is made correctly, which is a requirement for the registration and the use of an user account. This requires a valid passport or other official form of identification.

Grading: Pass/Fail

Fee: This MOOC is free of charge for all participants worldwide


Annalisa Sannino and Pauliina Rantavuori

The contents of this MOOC have been gathered during series of reading seminars, organized in collaboration with the following colleagues:

  • Michael Cole, University of California San Diego, USA
  • Monica Egelström and Maria Spante, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden
  • Joanne Hardman, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Viviana Hojman Ancelovici and Pilar Valenzuela, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
  • Yannick Lémonie, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Cnam - CRTD, Paris, France & Anne-Bationo-Tillon, Haute École Pédagogique du Canton de Vaud, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa
  • Fábio Nogueira and Irina Moriyama, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Laura Seppänen, Riikka Ruotsala & Heli Clottes Heikkilä, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki/Tampere, Finland
  • Anna Stetsenko, The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, USA
  • Helena Wallström, University of Gothenbourg, Sweden

Tageted participants:

Primarily doctoral researchers, but also advanced undergraduates and PhD-level researchers

The MOOC is also part of the Doctoral Programme of Education and Society at Tampere University and of the Finnish National Platform for Doctoral Cross-Studies.


The MOOC provides an advanced introduction to Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) based on videorecorded sessions with foremost experts from around the world. Each course module is devoted to a specific concept and key readings related to that concept. Participants engage in online discussions by posting comments on the course materials. An outline of the sessions and the corresponding contents of the MOOC modules is presented in the following:

Module 1: Four generations of CHAT

Module 2: The object of activity

Module 3: Activism and Trans/Formative Methodology in CHAT

Module 4: Dialectics and the germ cell

Module 5: Contradictions

Module 6: CHAT conceptions of culture and development

Module 7: Historicity

Module 8: Artifacts and instrumentality

Session 9: Expansive learning

Module 10: Transformative agency


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Blended Learning:

Method of attainment
Participation in teaching
Language of instruction
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation
Faculty of Education and Culture
Persons responsible
Responsible teacher:
Annalisa Sannino
Primary course unit