Man and Material Culture
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Inimene ja materiaalne kultuur
Course title in English
Man and Material Culture
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Tuuli Kurisoo (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2023/2024 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To develop knowledge and create preconditions for understanding the concept of material culture. To provide an interdisciplinary perspective for interpreting the material world. All topics are illustrated with practical examples.
Brief description of the course
The course examines the concept of material culture and its applications in research. In addition to introducing the basic theoretical premises, it will provide a toolkit for analysing and interpreting material culture. The focus is set on humans and their interactions with material culture on the basis of various sources and disciplines. As such, some broader
(environment, nature, cultural landscapes, diet, animals) and narrower (ornaments and dress, death culture, buildings, technology, economy, military heritage) topics related to
human life are examined. Lectures concentrate mainly on discussing Estonian history and cultural heritage, but not exclusively.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the main theoretical premises for studying material culture;
- describes different methods for studying material culture;
- knows how to relate the study of material culture to wider social processes;
- demonstrates knowledge on Estonian history and cultural heritage and is able to relate
these topics with the study of material culture;
- uses correct terminology.
Tuuli Kurisoo