Courses for Exchange Students (spring 2017)
Courses in spring semester 2016/2017 (from February to May); almost all courses are suitable for bachelor's and master's students.
Сommunication for development in the Eastern Partnership region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) SHZU.03.006
Lecturer: Anastasiya Nurzhynska
- To provide an overview of the purpose of communication for development and the process through which PR is practiced strategically in the Eastern Partnership region.To provide an overview of the purpose of communication for development and the process through which PR is practiced strategically in the Eastern Partnership region.
- To analyze and compare media landscape for implementing communication for development campaigns in the Eastern Partnership region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), its challenges and opportunities.
- To practice in developing and implementing the campaigns in the region persuasively, clearly and successfully.
- To analyze the requirement to professional profile by international organizations including CV, cover letter and interview.
Basics of AV Production II (2 ECTS) SHZU.01.004
Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Dr. Kadri Ugur
Students who did not pass the first part of the course are welcome to attend the course.
During the course, students will create a web page that consists of their own audiovisual production. 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 one’s own message and practice individual and collective production.
As the result of the course the student:
- is able to analyze the basic level of technical quality and content of the audio-visual text
- is able to analyze his/her own and fellow students' audio-visual production
- has an overview of the general working principles of audio and video recording devices
- is able to choose the appropriate tools to communicate his/her own message
- acquires an overview of the general principles of audio and video post production
- acquires the experience of cooperation with other students in the process of the audiovisual production.
Communication Theory (6 ECTS) SOZU.03.008 (Only for MA students)
Lecturers: Külliki Seppel, Dr. Marko Uibu
The course provides systemic knowledge of social theories of communication of the 20th century. The aim is to give knowledge of different theoretical paradigms and important terms and to teach to discuss topics related to the development of society. The main authors and topics are:
- Different approaches to communication, communication theory and its relation to media and mass communication theories (McQuail)
- Communication from individual perspective (Ang, Alasuutari, Certeau)
- Social construction of reality in the communication processes (Berger and Luckmann, Habermas), life-world (Schutz)
- Classical critical approach to communication (Marx and Engels, Adorno, Althusser)
- ideology (Žižek, Habermas, van Dijk)
- Symbolic power (Bourdieu)
- Society, discourse and power (Foucault, Bahtin, Kristeva, Vygotsky)
- Functionalist approach to communication processes and systems theory (Luhmann)
Contemporary Issues of the Information Age (3ECTS) SHZU.05.033
Lecturers: Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Prof. Dr. Andra Siibak
The aim of the course is to introduce the theoretical and empirical concepts of the information society, and to discuss the contemporary issues of the information age. Introduced and discussed problem areas are all connected to digital literacies.
After completing the course a student is
- familiar with more common theories and everyday concepts of information society, both on macro and micro level;
- familiar with the vocabulary and related topics;
- student will recognize and formulate research problems or puzzles;
- able to discuss the contemporary issues of the information age.
Demography (3ECTS) SOSS.04.012
Lecturers: Dr. Mare Ainsaar, Kadri Soo
The aim of the course is to learn the main theories and background of demographic processes and their measurement instruments. The course consists of the following topics: population change, migration, fertility, mortality, recent population changes in Europe, measurement of population processes.
The students who pass the course:
- Know and are able to analyse the main factors behind fertility changes
- Know and are able to analyse the main factors behind mortality changes
- Know and are able to analyse the main factors behind migration changes
- Know the most essential demographic theories and are able to apply them empirically.
- Are able to calculate the main demographic indicators and understand the meaning of these indicators.
Financial Literacy and Behavioural Finance (3ECTS) SVUH.06.005
Lecturer: Leonore Riitsalu
The aim of the course is to get an overview of the nature of financial literacy and learn the ways of influencing behaviour in managing personal finances. This course is suitable for anyone interested in this topic as we are all consumers, but it may be of greater professional interests for students of sociology, psychology, economics and political science.
On completion of this course students are expected to have achieved the following outcomes:
- Understands the nature of financial literacy, knows the main definitions and is able to discuss the beliefs of different schools of thought in financial literacy research;
- Is familiar with ways of measuring financial literacy, knows the main sources of information and is able to analyse the survey results;
- Understands the importance of planning personal finances for both the short and long term and knows the tools for doing that;
- Knows the basics of financial services (e.g. deposits, loans, investment funds) and is able to compare the conditions of several providers for choosing the service that best meets her or his needs and to avoid getting into financial difficulties;
- Is aware of the factors influencing behaviour in managing personal finances and knows ways of overcoming them;
- Knows the key findings of Behavioural Economics and Behavioural Finance
- Is capable to provide suggestions to providers of financial education and policymakers for helping individuals to make wise choices in managing their personal finances;
- Knows the main limitations of studying and influencing behaviour.
Semiotics of New Media (3 ECTS) SVUH.02.001
Lecturer: Dr. Mari-Liis Madisson
The aim of the course is to introduce the basic frameworks of semiotics that are applicable in analysis of contemporary media processes and phenomena.
The course consists of seven thematic sections which all include lectures and seminars:
- Introduction: what is semiotics of new media? The main schools of new media semiotics and the specifics of Tartu semiotics. The importance of semiotic analysis in the context of contemporary attention economy
- The basic concepts of contemporary media semiotics: modularity, hypertextuality, the construction and interpretation of multimodal and interactive texts, ambiguous authorship
- Have new ICTs lead to the rise of a new socio-cultural paradigm: digimodernism (new sincerity), performatism, metamodernism etc?
- New media texts and narrativity: transmedia storytelling, interpreter as the main organizing center of new media narratives
- Visual turn: "phatic" culture, the toolbox of analyzing visual rhetoric, the phenomenon of selfies
- New media and the semiotic construction of identities: identification processes in social media and in more specific online communities. ICT-s as cornerstone of contemporary identity-discourse: e-patriotism.
- Participatory culture and the specifics of viral text-creation: different approaches to peer-production, main typologies of "memes".
Social Developments in the Baltic Sea Region Societies (6 ECTS) SOSS.00.096
Lecturers: Andu Rämmer and many others
The course will focus on comparative analysis and contextual interpretation of societal changes in the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. In particular, it provides insights into socio-demographic behaviour and family structures, problems related with economic and cultural inequalities, respective policies and dominating values. The course lays on the empirical findings from several comparative studies in the field. The participating students will have an opportunity to contribute for the comparative understanding of the Baltic Sea Region societies by their active classroom discussions, individual homework and empirical comparative analyses.
After completing the course a student:
- will know and understand the main developmental trends in different spheres of the Baltic Sea Region societies
- will know and understand the principles of comparative methodology and is able to apply them in empirical comparative analysis based on ESS data
- is able to interpret the results of comparative data analysis in the context of different societies.
Sociology of Work and Labour Market (3 ECTS) SOSS.02.116
Lecturer: Dr. Ave Roots
The course gives an overview of the sociological conceptions of work and labour market and the processes in the labour market.
After completing the course students:
- have an overview of the sociological conceptions of work and labour market theories and processes in the labour market
- can raise a research question based on earlier research and theories and
- can find an answer using empirical data and data analysis.
Youth Culture and Social Media (3ECTS) SHZU.00.014
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andra Siibak
Have you ever wondered:
- Whom do we refer to when we are talking about the digital generation?
- Are the so-called digital immigrants really so ignorant about social media?
- Why do the teens look far too sexy and cool on their Facebook profile images?
- What kind of digital footprints do the young people leave behind?
- If privacy dead for the young generation?
- How can young people make use of social media as a tool for democracy and free speech?
The course Youth Culture and Social Media will help you to find answers to those and many other questions related to young people’s social media (social networking sites, blogs, YouTube, micro-blogs) use.
The aim of the course is to introduce various social media practices young people (but also others) often engage in. A special emphasis is paid on the possible opportunities and risks when engaging in social media. The course consists of lectures, seminars and practical individual work assignments.
- The student is familiar with the main new media theories and empirical case studies on the field;
- The student has an overview about the opportunities and risks when engaging in social media;
- The student has the ability to critically analyze social media usage practices of themselves and other users;
- The student is able to use the information in shaping one's own online behaviour.