In the Institute of Social Studies it is possible to study at four academic levels: Diploma, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral studies. The first three years of study (Diploma or Bachelor's studies) offer a broad comprehensive education in Social Sciences. It is followed by a Master’s program based on contemporary research that provides specialities with broad application possibilities. The third level is the Doctoral program.
We teach the use of modern methods of studying that are applicable to both solving practical problems in our students future work and completing Doctoral studies. Our institute values scientific clarity and strictness as well as creative thinking. To combine them we strive to apply various teaching methods (group-work, debates, practical journalistic projects of research and counselling) in addition to academic lectures. These complement students’ academic competence for professional self-realization with social skills. Our lecturers are internationally recognized Social Scientists. A diligent and friendly atmosphere predominates in our institute where the students and lecturers form an integral academic community.
We have one diploma studies programme - Information Management. The programme is in Estonian.
The general objective of the curriculum is providing education and training to the information specialists who will have systematic knowledge of and skills for the work in the information management field. Upon completion of the curriculum the student:
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We have two Bachelor's programmes - Journalism and Communication and Information Society and Social Well-being. Although some of the literature and some courses are in English, the two programmes are in Estonian.
The curriculum of journalism and public relations provides students with the basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills in communication sciences, research methods in media and communication and elementary knowledge of the chosen speciality. A graduate of the curriculum is prepared to use the acquired knowledge and skills in the work of a reporter, spokesperson or public relations specialist and has sufficient preparation to continue his/her studies in the master's programme of journalism or communication management.
The student who has completed the curriculum:
The general objective of this curriculum is to provide broad base education in social sciences with fundamentals in sociology, social work and social politics. The graduates are well versed in social processes and fundamentals of sociological and socio-political approaches. Depending on the intracurricular choices, a student will acquire the basic skills of processing and interpreting of data in social sciences or skills to analyse and hedge the social risks with tools of social work.
The qualifications acquired enable graduates to work as public servants and specialists whose position requires knowledge of social processes or as social workers whose competence complies with 6th level of the professional standard of social workers.
Upon completion of the curriculum the student:
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We have three Master's programmes - Journalism and Communication, Social Work and Social Policy, Analysis of Society and Information Processes. Even though all of the programmes are in Estonian we still have some master's level courses that are in English.
The main goal of the Master programme is to prepare the students to work as future top specialists in the fields of the journalism and communication. The programme promotes the development of the core skills and competencies of the field: understanding the relationships between contemporary media, economy and politics, ability to actively participate in the society; knowledge about the contemporary normative and regulative contexts; skills to collect, interpret and use data for content creation over different platforms; ability to interact with different target groups and audiences; ability to tell stories that have impact; skills of strategic communication planning; ability to use multimedia and other communication means. The curriculum creates a balance between theoretical knowledge and practical skills to master the communicative work with people and texts. The learning process is supported by continues process of self-reflection, learning entrepreneurship and international collaboration; and preparing the students for life-long learning.
The students who have completed the curriculum will:
The general objective of this master's program is to provide extensive knowledge and skills in social work and social policy. Choosing the focus on social work or social policy within the framework of the curriculum , the knowledge and skills of the graduates comply with requirements set in the professional standard of social workers and the graduates are entitled to work in positions requiring in different fields of social work and socio-policy. The curriculum complies with the requirements of level 7 of the professional standard of social workers. Passing the master study offers an opportunity to study on the doctoral level.
The aim of the curriculum is to prepare leaders and specialists in the field of analysis who have a systematic overview of the challenges and organizational processes and problems of the datafied society. who are able to collect, systematize, analyze and interpret data and create analyzes and prognosis based on sustainable development and ethical principles for management decisions and strategies.
We have two PhD programmes - Media and Communication and Sociology. The primary working language for international students in our doctoral programmes is English. Read more about our PhD programmes here.