History of the 20th Century
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
20. sajandi ajalugu
Course title in English
History of the 20th Century
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Kristo Nurmis (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
This combination of lectures and seminars is meant to analyse European 20th century history focusing on the major problems, ideas and movements that shaped it. Thus this course is not structured according to national history narratives, but tries to introduce a transnational understanding of the European 20th century.
Brief description of the course
This course focuses on ideas and movements like nationalism, socialism, fascism and decolonization. We will analyse and discuss processes of revolution and secession as well as dynamics of integration and (forced) migration. Whereas the lectures give a broader overview on developments and tendencies, the seminars are meant to discuss topics with the help of scholarly literature. What did it mean to live under a totalitarian dictatorship? How did counter-culture in the west and the east shape our understanding of the Cold War? In short, this course wants to introduce the students to the past of the interconnected world we live in today.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- participates in thematic discussions;
- is able to analyze relevant literature and films;
- is able to point out the main nodal points of his / her chosen topic and present them orally;
- is able to analyze the chosen topic in the form of a short essay, using the academic writing style.
Kristo Nurmis