Lecturers: Andu Rämmer, Assoc. Prof. Dagmar Kutsar, Dr. Mare Ainsaar, Dr. Tatjana Kiilo, Dr. Ave Roots, Indrek Soidla
The course will focus on comparative analysis and contextual interpretation of societal changes in the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. In particular, it provides insights into socio-demographic behaviour and family structures, problems related with economic and cultural inequalities, respective policies and dominating values. The course lays on the empirical findings from several comparative studies in the field. The participating students will have an opportunity to contribute for the comparative understanding of the Baltic Sea Region societies by their active classroom discussions, individual homework and empirical comparative analyses.
After completing the course a student:
- will know and understand the main developmental trends in different spheres of the Baltic Sea Region societies
- will know and understand the principles of comparative methodology and is able to apply them in empirical comparative analysis based on ESS data- is able to interpret the results of comparative data analysis in the context of different societies.
Lecturer: Dr. Ave Roots
The course gives an overview of the sociological conceptions of work and labour market and the processes in the labour market.
After completing the course the students:- have an overview of the sociological conceptions of work and labour market theories and processes in the labour market-can raise a research question based on earlier research and theories and can find an answer using empirical data and data analysis.
Lecturers: Dr. Mare Ainsaar, Kadri Soo
The aim of the course is to learn the main theories and background of demographic processes and their measurement instruments. The course consists of 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:- know and are able to analyse the main factors behind fertility changes- know and are able to analyse the main factors behind mortality changes- know and are able to analyse the main factors behind migration changes- know the most essential demographic theories and are able to apply them empirically.- are able to calculate the main demographic indicators and understand the meaning of these indicators.
Lecturer: Dr. Mari-Liis Madisson
The aim of the course is to introduce the basic frameworks of semiotics that are applicable in analysis of contemporary media processes and phenomena.
The course consists of seven thematic sections which all include lectures and seminars:
1) Introduction: what is semiotics of new media? The main schools of new media semiotics and the specifics of Tartu semiotics. The importance of semiotic analysis in the context of contemporary attention economy
2) The basic concepts of contemporary media semiotics: modularity, hypertextuality, the construction and interpretation of multimodal and interactive texts, ambiguous authorship
3) Have new ICTs lead to the rise of a new socio-cultural paradigm: digimodernism (new sincerity), performatism, metamodernism etc?
4) New media texts and narrativity: transmedia storytelling, interpreter as the main organizing center of new media narratives
5) Visual turn: "phatic" culture, the toolbox of analyzing visual rhetoric, the phenomenon of selfies
6) New media and the semiotic construction of identities: identification processes in social media and in more specific online communities. ICT-s as cornerstone of contemporary identity-discourse: e-patriotism.7) Participatory culture and the specifics of viral text-creation: different approaches to peer-production, main typologies of "memes".
Lecturer: Dr. Krista Lepik
The aim of the course is to provide academic support to student's participation in field-related events (conferences, seminars, etc) which are held in English or some other foreign language, and are focusing on actual topics in (Estonian) memory institutions. The course also provides environment for post-event reflection.
Upon completion of the course the student:
- has participated at least in one English-language field-related event (conference, seminar etc),
- has obtained skills to academically reflect upon the event,- is able to pay attention to contemporary field-related issues.
Lecturers: Eleri Lõhmus, Dr. Kadri Ugur
Students who did not pass the first part of the course are welcome to attend the course.
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.
The aim of the course is to give students an overview of the characteristics of quality audiovisual texts, digital media production and technical tools used in post production, the possibilities of social media to communicate one’s own message and practice individual and collective production.
As the result of the course the student:
- is able to analyze the basic level of technical quality and content of the audio-visual text
- is able to analyze his/her own and fellow students' audio-visual production
- has an overview of the general working principles of audio and video recording devices
- is able to choose the appropriate tools to communicate his/her 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. Maria Murumaa-Mengel, Professor Andra Siibak
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. The course will cover some of the central problems and phenomena that are connected to information society and new media. 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.
The course will cover the following sub-topics: technology users and non-users in the information society, their digital literacies and power dynamics of different institutions, groups and individuals in new media and online spheres. 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. Furthermore, this course will focus heavily on many different privacy issues that have risen in the information age.
After completing this course, the student:
- is familiar with more common theories and everyday concepts of information society, both on macro and micro level;
- is familiar with the vocabulary on related topics
- has the skills to seek additional information related to the information society concepts- is able to discuss and critically analyse some of the contemporary issues of the information society.
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 from this field will be worked through, and the conversations about the relevant issues will be held.
The course will be held in English only (students can ask advice from each other in case of random words when needed), during the course the students are familiarized with English texts from their field, watch video clips and discuss the topics related to information management.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
a. be able to have a short presenation in English language on a topic of her own choice;
b. understand popular scientific conversations in English-speaking media (on the basis of relevant video clips);c. be more fluent on reading easier texts in English, related to her field, and give others a short overview of the texts.
Lecturers: Visiting Professor Johannes Pieter van Ewijk, Dagmar Narusson
The aim of the course is to master an integrated approach of science and practice in international social policy, social work and community work.
The course will be in continental English. Forum discussions are partly in Estonian and partly in English. Understanding of English is obligatory!
Main subjects are:
1. What is international social policy, international social work and community work?
2. Important international trends in social policy, social work and community work.
3. Social work as profession, practice based science and practice based research.
Upon completion of the course the student understands the different concepts in international social policy, community work and social work, the main trends in European social politics and its impact on social work and the students has got a deepening and broad overview about the international body of knowledge in social policy, community work and social work and their interdepency. The student relates global and local social problems.