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Geodynamics (Period I; 5 CP)

Graduate course offered annually in teaching period 1 (early fall). The course aims to:

  • Introduce key physical processes that deform the Earth and the forces that drive them, focussing on the lithosphere
  • Provide an understanding of the mathematical representation and behavior of these processes through collaborative, in-class exercises
  • Familiarize students with the current state of geodynamics research through discussion of scientific journal articles

General course information can be found on WebOodi.

Course materials from 2013 are available to University of Helsinki students via Moodle.

Introduction to Quantitative Geology (Period IV; 5 CP)

A course is intended for third-year geology undergraduate students that is offered in teaching period 4 (late spring). The goals of the course are to:

  • Provide an introduction to solving common geologic equations numerically
  • Introduce students to basic programming with Python
  • Enable students to plot and explore common equations and their behavior
  • Introduce basic techniques for comparing numerical predictions to geologic/geophysical data

General course information can be found on WebOodi.

Course materials from 2014 are available to University of Helsinki students via Moodle, and Python tutorials and course exercises are available to anyone.

Lithospheric Structure and Dynamics (Periods I-II; 5 CP)

A course is intended for first-year MSc and Ph.D. students in the Solid Earth Geophysics program offered in teaching periods 1 and 2 (fall). This course is co-taught with Professor Ilmo Kukkonen in the Department of Physics. The goals of the course are to:

  • Provide an overview of various tectonic environments and the key geological and geophyiscal observations that allow us to infer past instances of such environments in the context of Fennoscandia

  • Encourage independent, critical thinking and evaluation of geological/geophysical data

  • Emphasize the importance of data interpretation and the need for consistency between geological and geophysical interpretations using real data

  • Provide ample opportunity for working in a team, ideally with a mixture of backgrounds

General course information can be found on WebOodi.

Course materials from 2014 are available to University of Helsinki students via Moodle.

Related courses at the University of Helsinki


Geothermics (I. Kukkonen)

Plate Tectonics (A. Korja)

Graduate programs at the University of Helsinki


Several of the courses above are part of the new Solid Earth Geophysics program coordinated by the Department Geosciences and Geography and the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki. Information about the graduate programs at the University of Helsinki can be found on the University of Helsinki website. There, you can also find details about the Doctoral School in Natural Sciences.

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