Culture, Language and Thinking
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Kultuur, kõne ja mõtlemine
Course title in English
Culture, Language and Thinking
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide survey of the relationships between culture, speech, and thinking with following from it the account of the development of mind, culture and a man.
Brief description of the course
An introduction to the science and MySelf. What is Me? What is the environment? Me and the sensual world. Me and the extrasensory world. Semiotically mediated thinking and speech. Transformation of Me on the basis of speech. What is culture? Theory of the stages of psychic development. From childhood to adulthood. From unicellulars to humans ... and further. And how does all this concern Me?
Independent work
Working through compulsory literature.
Learning outcomes in the course
The student understands the abstract theory of the culture, speech and thinking relationships with its potential to explain interesting mental phenomena.
Assessment methods
Prof. Aaro Toomela, PhD
Study literature
Vygotsky, L., & Luria, A. (1994). Tool and symbol in child development. (Originally written in 1930). In R. van der Veer, & J. Valsiner (Eds.), The Vygotsky reader. (pp. 99-174). Oxford, UK: Blackwell.