Estonian Society
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Eesti ühiskond
Course title in English
Estonian Society
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Nikolai Kunitsõn (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The aim of the course is to provide an overview about the major developments in the Estonian society since 1989 and to talk about the sustainable develompment of the Estonian society in the future. The students are taught to analyze the major developments in the Estonian society from the critical and comparative perspective.
Brief description of the course
The course provides an overview about the major problems and social conflicts in the contemporary Estonian society: the problems with the Russian minority, mass-emigration, poverty and social inequality, problems with gender equality, political culture and participation, etc. The students are expected to read scolarly articles and analyzes about the major developments in the Estonian society. These materials are later discussed both from the sociological and the political science perspective. The course also talks about the historical evolution of the Estonian society and the social and political developments in Estonia are compared with other post-communist countries, particularly with the neighbouring Baltic States.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is informed about the major developments and problems in the contemporary Estonian society and are able to analyze them also from the historical and comparative perspective;
-is able to analyze the social developments as social processes, which have their own historical roots and specific implications to contemporary societies;
- is able to read the scholarly social science texts and to provide critical overview about them;
- is able to particpate in the seminar discussions, to moderate these discussions (in some occasions) and to write an analytical essay basing on scholarly data and materials.
Tõnis Saarts