State, Politics and Government
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Riik, poliitika ja valitsemine
Course title in English
State, Politics and Government
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
autumn - spring
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To introduce the key concepts and study areas related to the state, politics and governance, provide an overview of the structure and processes of state power, the political and governance system, its key institutions, their operating mechanisms and interrelations.
Brief description of the course
The course will address the following topics: 1) The state, politics and governance, and their research. 2) People in politics: socialisation, participation and citizenship, political culture and political communication. 3) Civil society: movements, interest and pressure groups. 4) Political ideologies. 5) Political parties, political competition and elections. 6) The state, sovereignty, power and legitimacy. 7) Political regimes, politics and governance beyond the state. 8) Basic principles of state organisation, key branches of state power. 9) Parliament and the legislative process. 10) The institution of the head of state. 11) The government and its decision-making process. 12) The ministries, governance areas and their administrative institutions. 13) Policy-making process. 14) Regional governance. 15) Local government: role, organisation and institutions.
Independent work
Independent work consists of the acquisition of the course material, and is evaluated in written form via practical exercises and pass/fail examination.
Learning outcomes in the course
Student after completing the course:
• knows and is able to use the basic concepts of state, politics and governance;
• is able to discuss the key concepts and processes of state, politics and governance and link these to practical contexts;
• understands the principles and organization of public authority and governance institutions;
• is able to analyse the key problems of the operation of public governance institutions based on practical examples.
Assessment methods
Written pass/fail examination (usually in the form of test). Practical exercises.
Prof. Leif Kalev, lekt. Mari-Liis Jakobson, lekt. Kersten Kattai, lekt. Nikolai Kunitsõn
Study literature
Eestikeelne õppeaine:
• Loengu- ja praktikumimaterjalid (kättesaadavad õppeaine pesast e-õppekeskkonnast Moodle,
• Leif Kalev, Anu Toots (toim. 2011). Poliitika ja valitsemise alused. Kõrgkooliõpik. Tallinn: Tallinna Ülikooli Riigiteaduste Instituut/Maurus (õppeainele vajalikus mahus). Kättesaadav ülikooli raamatukogus, võimalik osta Tallinna Ülikooli Ühiskonnateaduste Instituudi büroost.
English course:
• Lecture and practice materials (available from course e-location in e-learning environment Moodle,
• Andrew Heywood (2002) Politics. Palgrave, New York (or later editions, in the extent required by subject). Available from university library.