About the Institute
The Institute of Social Studies provides a high-level education in journalism, communication, media, social work and policy, sociology and information management. Belonging to the Faculty of Social Sciences our Institute has close cooperation with many other fields of teaching and research (political science, psychology, education sciences etc.) in the University of Tartu.
The Institute of Social Studies is both traditional and new. The Institute’s research and teaching fields have, over the decades, developed and broadened. Our eight Chairs are engaged in communication within the information society; journalism; sociology; social work; the knowledge management of organizations; information management; social policy; consumer culture; political communication; information science and media usage. In summer 2013 the Information Science Department of the Viljandi Culture Academy merged with the Institute. In January 2014 the Institute of Journalism, Communication and Information Studies and the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy merged into one unit. The name of the institute is Institute of Social Studies. The reason for the merging was to join similar fields of studies and to create better premises for cooperation and synergy.