The Institute of Social Studies annually organizes courses in English that are open for exchange students visiting the University.
Courses in autumn semester 2017/2018 (from September to December) are suitable for bachelor's and master's students.
Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Dr Kadri Ugur
The aim of the course is to give students an overview of the characteristics of quality audiovisual texts and the possibilities of social media to communicate own message and practice individual and collective production.
During the course, students will create a web page that consists of their own audiovisual production. Students work in small groups independently, getting advice, support and feedback during auditorial meetings.
As the result of the course a student:
- is able to analyze the basic level of technical quality and content of the audio-visual text
- is able to analyze his own and fellow students' audio-visual production
- is able to choose the appropriate tools to communicate 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.
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:
1. Knows main mechanisms creating and retaining inequalities
2. Knows main theoretical approaches in the area of social stratification
3. Has read main texts of the main areas of social stratification
4. Can find the most important topics in texts
5. Can form the questions for the discussion
6. Can lead discussion
Lecturers: Prof Andra Siibak, lecturer Maria Murumaa-Mengel
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical concepts of the information society. Critically analyse and question the existing of the information society in Estonia.
* Theories: Information society theories, social and technical concepts of the information society, infrastructure, infostructure, digital divide, domestication and innovation theories.
* Information society in micro level processes: Changes in the everyday life, concept of urbanisation, changed media formats, changes in culture.
* Information society in macro level processes: Internet as public sphere, political communication, e-democracy and e-governance. Key changes in economics, electronic markets, changes in organisational structure and value economy.
* is familiar with more common theories and everyday concepts of information society, both on macro and micro level.
* is familiar with the vocabulary and has the skills to seek additional information related to the information society concepts.
* is able to critically analyse today's Estonian society in the light of above-listed theoretical concepts.
Lecturer: Dr Mare Ainsaar
The aim of the course is to provide main instruments and knowledge in order to analyse social policy process and it's outcomes.
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, prisons dilemma and other are discussed in the light of policy process.
Lecturers: Prof Andra Siibak , Prof Veronika Kalmus, Dr Signe Opermann, lecturer Maria Murumaa-Mengel
The objective of the course is to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge about the timely processes related to society, culture and (new) media, and the relationships between them.
The course provides a selective overview of the main concepts and theoretical conceptions describing contemporary societies, culture and (new) media, and the ways of researching the related phenomena.
After passing the course the students have improved knowledge about contemporary society, culture and (new) media; they are able to analyze and give sense to the relationships between them and set relevant research questions.