The Sensory Landscapes of the Past
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Mineviku visuaalsed ja aistilised keskkonnad
Course title in English
The Sensory Landscapes of the Past
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
Ulrike Plath (language of instruction:Estonian)
Course aims
To provide the opportunity to experience the past through sounds, tastes, smells and visually perceived landscapes.
Brief description of the course
The phrases ‘designed landscapes’ and ‘sensecapes’ marks a new approach in history writing. History is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be seen, smelled and tasted.
During the course different examples of perceptions of the surrounding world are being analysed: a lifestyle of a Knight in the Middle Ages, a Philosopher in the Renaissance period and a Merchant in the 17th Century. Special attention is being devoted to the Baltic German Landlords in the 18-19th Century.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has a comprehensive idea of the living environments of different historical periods, their design, perception and talking about them;
- is able to notice and analyze information that is not based on factology but is rather sensually perceptible;
- is able to relate different visual and other sensory environments to the cultural context of the respective era.
Ulrike Plath