Man and Material Culture
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Course title in Estonian
Inimene ja materiaalne kultuur
Course title in English
Man and Material Culture
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Tuuli Kurisoo (language of instruction:Estonian)
Course aims
Overview of possibilities offered by material evidence in defyning human cultures.
Brief description of the course
The course and seminars introduce different possibilities to interpret human societies, based on material culture (e. g. buildings, burials, artefacts), and demonstrates how these interpretations are linked with contemporary paradigms and political situation. Special attention will be paid to the impression of different identities (e.g. ethnic, gender, status, political) as indicated in material culture. The course treats not only periods with predominantly archaeological source material (e. g. prehistory), but also periods with traditionally have been studied with help of written sources. Interdisciplinary approaches embarace archaeology, history and historical cultural anthropology. Lectures concentrate on Estonia, Northern and Baltic countries, but compile widely researches and approaches from other regions of the world.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- demonstrates expertise in the use of material culture for interpreting human societies, knows how to connect different interpretations with widespread approaches and paradigms;
- describes historical societies in prehistoric and historic Estonia, Northern and Baltic countries, gives examples of different interpretations. Creates syntheses between material evidence, theoretical approaches and written sources describing particular periods;
- possesses overview of different theoretical approaches, defines correlation between material evidence and social, political, as well as environment history.
Vanemteadur Marika Mägi