Introduction to Estonian Studies
Course code
EKK7401.HT
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sissejuhatus Eesti uuringutesse
Course title in English
Introduction to Estonian Studies
ECTS credits
6.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
autumn
Assessment form
Examination
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The ojectives of the subject are to create possibilities to acquire basic knowledge of Estonian studies in the broadest sense (Estonian language, culture, identity, national self-image, history and society). To create possibilities for sythesis of the acquired knowledge. To create possibility for acquisition of competences necessary for the orietnation in Estonian cultural space and society.
Brief description of the course
Main principles of Estonian studies. Definition and analysis of Estonia and Estonianness. Approaches to Estonian culture (ethnocentric vs. areal). Nationalism and its challenges. Formation of Estonian identity. Connections between language and identity. History of research on Estonian language as reflection of self-image. Polysystem of Estonian culture and literature. Dynamics of self-image in time. Multiculturalism in Estonia. State, policy and society in Estonia.
Independent work
Group work for analysing some problems in Estonian studies. Independent work topics are given by the instructor in the beginning of the course. The results of group work is to be orally presented at seminar.
Learning outcomes in the course
Students have acquired basic knowledge of Estonian studies in the broadest possible sense (Estonian language, culture, identity, national self-image, history and society) and are able to synthesize their knowledge. Students have acquired competence for orientation in Estonian cultural space and society.
Assessment methods
Exam: oral presentation of group work results at the seminar and written essay.
Teacher
Professor Piret Viires, professor Marek Tamm, professor Anna Verschik
Study literature
Estonica. Encyclopedia about Estonia. http://www.estonica.org/en/
Toivo Raun. Estonia and Estonians. Hoover Institution Press Publication, 2002.
Indrek Rohtmets. A cultural guide to Estonia. Tallinn, 2006.
Kirjanduse nimekiri täpsustatakse loengukursuse algul
To be specified in the beginning of the class.
Replacement literature
Estonica. Encyclopedia about Estonia. http://www.estonica.org/en/
Toivo Raun. Estonia and Estonians. Hoover Institution Press Publication, 2002.
Andres Kasekamp, A History of the Baltic States. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Indrek Rohtmets. A cultural guide to Estonia. Tallinn 2006.
Mart Laar, Birds-eye view of Estonian history . Tallinn, 2005.
Kirjanduse nimekiri täpsustatakse loengukursuse algul
To be specified in the beginning of the class