The Institute of Social Studies annually organizes courses in English that are open for exchange students visiting the University.
Courses in autumn semester 2018/2019 (from September to December) are suitable for bachelor's and master's students.
Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Dr. Kadri Ugur
Students will focus on the author's role in the audio-visual creation.
NB! All interested students are welcome to the course, regardless of the previous experience in audiovisual production.
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.
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:
* knows main mechanisms creating and retaining inequalities
* knows main theoretical approaches in the area of social stratification
* has read main texts of the main areas of social stratification
* can find the most important topics in texts
* can form the questions for the discussion
* can lead discussion.
Lecturers: Dr. Mare Ainsaar, Dr. Kati Orru
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.
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.
The student who has passed this course will:
1) be familiar with the concepts and theories characterising the current media society;
2) able to recognise the and theoretically conceptualise one's own action in communicative situations;
3) be able to compare different theoretical approaches to public sphere and publics and to point out their differences;
4) be able to criticise/review different networked publics in contemporary society;
5) be able to evaluate the statements about privacy and public spheres proposed in public;
6) be able to analyse the relationships between privacy, digital technologies and public spheres.