Institute of Social Studies offers 7 courses in English in the autumn semester of 2021.
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: Professor Andra Siibak, Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Külliki Seppel, Liis Auväärt, Marit Sukk
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:
Lecturer: Dr. Dagmar Kutsar, Kristi Paron
The course is aimed to develop awareness in the topics related to contemporary families and childhoods. A specific focus in this course will be put on children and their subjective well-being in local and international perspectives. The course will combine lectures with seminars and written homework (desk research, self-reflections, discussion papers). The course will end with a reflection paper: a student will demonstrate his or her understandings of family and childhood frameworks from the angles that had been discussed during the course.
The student passing the course:
Lecturer: Dr. Mare Ainsaar
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.
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.
Dr. Krista Lepik
The aim of the course is to improve the information management related English language skills of the students from the information management curriculum. To do so, the relevant readings and recordings from this field will be worked through, and the conversations about the relevant issues will be held.
Upon completion of the course the student:
1. is able to have a short presenation in English language on a topic of her own choice;
2. understands popular scientific conversations in English-speaking media (on the basis of relevant video clips);
3. is able to seek information about relevant International events from the field of information management (conferences, seminars, webinars, etc);
4. has participated at least in one English-language field-related event (conference, seminar etc);
5. is able to pay attention to contemporary field-related issues;
6. has obtained skills to academically reflect upon the event;
7. is more fluent on reading easier texts in English, related to her field, and gives others a short overview of the texts.
Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Dr. Sten Hansson, Prof Andra Siibak, Dr. Mari-Liis Madisson, Dr. Signe Ivask, Maria Kristiina Prass, Maia Klaassen
In order to act as responsible, safe and engaged citizens in the networked publics, individuals need to build digital resilience, data agency and consistently develop their media and digital literacy skills. This course is dedicated to developing students' digital agency both as journalists and media consumers, so as to be able to make use of the various affordances of the digital life, whilst understanding the affordances' real-world impact and potential to both manipulate and be manipulated. In short, the course aims to provide all students with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience of evaluating their own media and information consumption habits, the formation and background on what they do consume, how that can be affected by information disorders, and an applicable how-to on changing those habits, both in themselves and potentially others.
The course will develop students in accessing information, analyzing it, creating one's own message, reflecting one's consumption and being socially responsible. There will be a special emphasis on the work and skills of contemporary journalism but "MEDI" is relevant for most professions who have to constantly update their digital/media and information literacy competences. The course will be led by scholars and lectures from the fields of journalism, media studies and communication, but will alsol engage empirical examples, scholars and practitioners from different fields (e.g. law, linguistics, semiotics) in order to provide nuanced overview of the field, current problems and possible solutions.
Lecturer: Eleri Lõhmus
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:
is aware of the role of the author in the audio-visual text
knows different opportunities to express the position of the author
based on communicative purpose, uses suitable author's position in his/her story
is able to create an influential audio-visual text according to his/her communicative goal.
All courses suitable for exchange students in University of Tartu are listed here.
Institute of Social Studies offers 3 courses in English for exchange students in the spring semester of 2021.
Lecturers: Dr. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Professor Andra Siibak, Marie-Luise Meier
To introduce students to the theoretical and empirical concepts of the information society and to discuss the contemporary issues of the information age. The course will cover some of the central interdisciplinary problems and phenomena that are connected to information society and new media. Furthermore, the aim of the course is to introduce the basic frameworks that are applicable in analysis of contemporary media processes and phenomena. The course concentrates on opening the specifics on signification processes of new media (the construction and interpretation of hypertextual, multimodal, interactive etc. texts). 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. Mare Ainsaar, Kadri Soo
The aim of the course is to give a knowledge about demographic processes and their measurement. The course consists of the following topics: indicators in population analyses, standardisation of data, table data in population analyses, population projections, seminars about the latest international literature about population analyses (will be changed every year).The students who pass the course are able to calculate the main demographic indicators and understand the meaning of these indicators:
know and are able to analyse main factors behind fertility changes
know and are able to analyse main factors behind mortality changes
know and are able to analyse main factors behind migration changesknow most essential theories demographic theories and are able to apply them empirically.
All courses suitable for international students in University of Tartu are listed here.