Courses for Exchange Students (autumn 2016)
The Institute of Social Studies annually organizes courses in English that are open for exchange students visiting the University.
Courses in autumn semester 2016/2017 (from September to December); courses are suitable for bachelor's and master's students.
- SHZU.01.005 Basics of audiovisual production I 3 EAP (Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Brit Laak)
"Basics of audiovisual production I" is a hands-on course in the modern production studio of the Institute. The aim of the course is to give students an overview of the characteristics of quality audiovisual texts, digital media production and technical tools used in post production, the possibilities of social media to communicate own message and practice individual and collective production
- production skills for factual TV;
- abilities to fulfil director's role in complex creative process of TV and video production;
- ability to produce TV production and to give critical evaluation and self-reflection of the production and creative processes.
- SHUH.06.002 Financial Education 3EAP (Lecturer: Leonore Riitsalu)
The aim of the course is to help to develop understanding and skills of financial literacy, both on academic and practical level. The course gives an overview of financial literacy and education, research and trends; financial literacy knowledge and skills; preventing financial difficulties and turning for help.
After completing the course a student:
- understands the topics of financial literacy and financial education;
- is capable of making calculated decisions in personal finance;
- understands the terminology of financial literacy;
- is capable to compare the conditions of financial services;
- knows where and how to turn for help.
- SOZU.03.069 Information Society and New Media 3EAP
(Lecturers: Dr. Andra Siibak, Maria Murumaa-Mengel).
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical concepts related to the information society. During lectures, seminars and in the course of individual- and group-work assignments we will critically analyze and discuss upon various aspects related to the formation of information society in Estonia and beyond. Based on theoretical and empirical literature the students will gain an overview of the various changes that have occurred during the information age in the everyday life, self-presentation and communication styles, platforms and audiences, in (sub)cultures and political communication. The course will also tackle both various problems related to the the information society e.g. the loss of privacy, information warfare, various online risks, etc., as well as positive aspects related to the information age e.g. civic journalism, e-democracy, e-governance, self-presentation and content creation opportunities.
- SOSS.04.087 Introduction to Social Policy Analysis 3EAP (Lecturer: Dr. Mare Ainsaar)
The aim of the course is to provide main instruments and knowledge in order to analyse process of social policy.
During the course the main principles and theories about a formation of social policy are presented. Course deals with different factors and groups in policy formation process. The effectiveness of those factors is analysed.
Also different theories, about the development of policy process, public decision making and economic and social effectiveness of all process are analysed. During the course students get an introductory guideline into cost-benefit analyses. Classical public policy dilemmas - free rider, prisoner’s dilemma and other are discussed in the light of policy process.
- SOSS.01.079 Introduction to Social Stratification 3 EAP (Lecturer: Dr. Ave Roots)
The aim of the course is to give an overview of the basic processes, that create and retain social inequalities, through the main theoretical approaches of stratification. Introduce the basic texts of stratification theory. Develop the ability to find the main themes in texts, form discussion questions based on those themes and lead discussion. The course consists of the overview of the historical development of stratification, sources of stratification, legitimation of inequalities, functional, conflict and social psychological theories of stratification, the functioning of stratification system
After completing the course a student
- knows main mechanisms creating and retaining inequalities
- knows main theoretical approaches in the area of social stratification
- Has read main texts of the main areas of social stratification
- Can find the most important topics in texts
- Can form the questions for the discussion
- Can lead discussion
- SOSS.02.104 Sociology of Gender 6 EAP (Lecturers Helen Biin, Kadri Soo)
The aim of the course is to introduce the concept of gender and explain its relevance in contemporary society. We will explore the way sex and gender are social phenomena that change over time and vary across cultures. During the course we will briefly cover the key theoretical approaches for conceptualizing gender and discuss the concepts of masculinity, femininity and sexuality. We will look how gender arises out of our everyday interactions and is shaped by larger institutions such as education, work, power and the family. We will discuss how gender inequalities are revealed through social patterns, and examine how the hierarchical gender system is both reproduced and challenged through the link between social structure and interpersonal experiences.
After completing the course a student will:
- Understand the concept of socially constructed gender
- Be familiar with the key theoretical approaches in gender studies
- Understand and know how to analyze the role of gender in contemporary society
- SOSS.01.066 Theories of Transition Societies 6EAP (Lecturers Indrek Soidla, Dr. Ave Roots)
The aim of the course is to give an overview of the processes of transition in Eastern and Central Europe from the beginning of 90s in the context of the theories of social change and social stratification. The course gives an overview of the theories related to the transition (social change, theories of elite and social mobility, conceptions of the end of the transition etc) and the research connected to transition in the labour market. Students have the possibility to relate their own empirical data to the theory and previous results.
After finishing the course a student
- knows the theories of social change and can put the transition in CEE into a general theoretical frame
- Know the changes and in the area of social stratification during the transition in CEE
- Can put their own research topic into the context of transition
- Can raise the research question in the area of transition or an area influenced by transition and solve it with empirical data
- SOZU.01.208 Media and Minorities in the Baltic Sea Region 6 EAP (Lecturer Liisa Past)
The main objectives of the course are:
- to give general knowledge about minorities in a broad sense - ethnic, social, sexual, cultural, etc. The minority issues will be discussed in the political and legal contexts of the countries of the Baltic Sea region;
- to analyze, how media portrays minorities and majorities and their relations;
- to make students more sensitive towards racism, xenophobia, sexism, prejudice in media in order to help them to become more critical readers of media texts;
- to help the students to work out an ability of self-reflection, scheme of self-evaluation and ability of cultural reflection, to help them widen their cultural horizons.
After completing the course a student should be able:
- to define and recognise minorities in different societies;
- to analyse media systems from the point of power relations;
- to understand and analyse different voices in public discussions;
- to recognise minority and majority media strategies in theory and action;
- to propose measures to increase media inclusiveness of different minority groups;
- to see interactions between legal, political framework and media in regard to minorities.