Participatory pedagogy 5 ECTS, Spring 2023

Pedagogical and socio-pedagogical competences are looked at and studied as the focal competences of community and adventure educators. Students gain experience in applying participatory and activity-based methods in the environment of their choice.

Topics covered:

  • learning theories
  • participatory pedagogy
  • social pedagogy
  • youth participation and youth work
  • appreciative interaction
  • participatory and activity-based methods
  • mind-set, will, motivation and feelings in learning


  • Active participation in lectures
  • Independent on-line studying and assignments
  • Group and individual tasks during the lectures
  • Group assignments
  • Final assignment

Why Study at Humak Open University of Applied Sciences?

Humak University of Applied Sciences operates in the whole of Finland and is the country’s biggest educator in the following fields: youth work, organizational work, work community development, adventure and outdoor education, cultural management, and interpreting and linguistic accessibility.

Humak has about 2000 degree students and about 160 experts in various positions. Finland’s unique open university of applied sciences system and Humak’s extensive online training make high-quality academic studies available to everyone with affordable costs regardless of students’ background. Thousands of students take advantage of our wide selection of online courses every year.

Studies Open University of Applied Sciences
Method of instruction Online course
Study period 06.03.2023 – 29.05.2023
Schedule and teaching methods This is an online course, which includes independent studying, individual and group assignments, as well as two webinars. A recording of the webinar will be available for viewing after the webinar day.

Webinar schedule:

  • 14.3.2023 at 9-11
  • 5.5.2023 at 9-11.30
Registration period 1.8.2022-24.2.2023 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Sini Lahti (
General information Contact Open UAS student administration for matters regarding registration, payment, certificates:
tel. +358 29 451 9230


Intended learning outcomes

After the completion of the course, students

  • are familiar with different learning theories and their meaning for pedagogical choices
  • learn to apply different pedagogical methods in a target group and goal-oriented manner
  • acknowledge the meaning of appreciative interaction as part of their pedagogical actions
  • know the basic principles of social pedagogy and socio-cultural inspiring as well as applications of these principles
  • are able to use the socio-dynamic approach as part of their pedagogical actions
  • have an understanding of the meaning of mind-set, will, motivation and feelings in learning and in change