Institute of Social Studies offers 3 courses in English on the autumn semester of 2019.
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.
After completing this course a student:
Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Dr. Kadri Ugur
Basics of AV Production is a production based practical course, where students will try different storytelling ways based on author's role in the audio-visual creation. The course consists of 12-14 practical sessions, during which students will shoot and edit 5-7 videos.
As the result of the course, the student:
Lecturers: Professor Andra Siibak, Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Külliki Seppel
The aim of this course is to discuss the processes characteristic to the current society saturated by media and technology (mediatisation, digitalisation, rise of networks and globalisation) and the accompanying rise of new publics. Additionally, the concept of public sphere and its change in the context of the development of technology will be discussed, focusing on the phenomena specific to the networked and fragmented publics, like online-activism, change of perceived privacy norms, etc.
Topics covered by the course:
Privacy at the time of networked publics.
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Institute of Social Studies offers 4 courses in English that are suitable for exchange students in the spring semester of 2020.
Lecturers: Dr. Mare Ainsaar, Andres Võrk
The aim of the course is to provide main instruments and knowledge in order to analyse social policy process and its outcomes.
During the course the main principles and theories about a formation of social policy are presented. The 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, prisons dilemma and other are discussed in the light of policy process.
Lecturer: Visiting Professor Johannes Pieter van Ewijk
The course aims at master’s students with an interest in international social policy and social work. In the course key concepts are discussed from a reflective and philosophical perspective.
The course focus is on the following concepts:
Lecturers: Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Professor Andra Siibak, Dr. Mari-Liis Madisson
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical concepts of the information society and to discuss the contemporary issues of the information age. This course has a special emphasis on media and communication studies and semiotics, but is heavily influenced by economics, sociology, political science, information sciences, education, psychology and legal frameworks. We will take a look at the users and non-users of different contemporary technology, their digital literacies and skills and knowledge necessary for future work. One of the components of digital literacies - critical selection and evaluation of information - will get extra attention when covering the topic of so-called post-truth society and information overload. In this course, we will cover the importance of semiotic analysis in the context of contemporary attention economy, the narrativity of new media texts and transmedia storytelling, the toolbox of analyzing visual rhetorics and art. Additionally, the topics include power dynamics of different institutions (e.g. e-democracy; gender; work-sphere), groups and individuals (e.g. interpersonal relationships, games, influencers) in new media and online spheres. Furthermore, this course will focus heavily on many different privacy issues that have risen in the information age. Defining information society and giving a "roadmap" of specific terms and concepts used on the field will help the students in their further interest in relevant topics.
Lecturers: Dr. Ragne Kõuts-Klemm and guest lecturers
The aim of the course is to give and overview about actual theoretical and methodological issues related to analyse and usage of big data in social sciences. The topics are the following: peculiarities of social datafication (what does datafication mean in the society, in the organisations and on the individual level); what kind of data and how could be used on behalf of organisation or community (including developments related to 'data activism'), what interpretational issues should be taken into account, when encountering analysis using large-scale data (paradigm shifts, sample representativeness issues, privacy and ethics, challenges to methods and analysis techniques, examples about the implementation, e.g. social network analysis, mobile positioning, social media and measuring opinions, register data, etc).
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