Russian Culture and Society
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Vene kultuur ja ühiskond
Course title in English
Russian Culture and Society
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
This lecture course is focussed on the formation of Russian culture and its relations with the society. It is aimed at understanding the formation of cultural institutions and the way they interrelate. It also contains an overview of the society’s reproduction systems, e.g. publishing houses, museums, libraries, etc., and explores the status of literature, visual arts, different forms of mass communication and censorship in the society. An important part of the course is an inquiry into the question of what mass culture is.

Brief description of the course
Russian society and culture: a historic perspective. Reading and society in Russia. Culture as a social phenomenon and its structural characteristics. Current trends in cultural studies: personal and family history, history of everyday culture, behavioral models in everyday culture.
Independent work
Writing an essay. Home reading. An independently written small research work.

Learning outcomes in the course
By the end of the course students understand interrelations between culture and society. In particular, they are expected:

- to understand the way culture and the given society interrelate
- to distinguish key problems in culture and society
- to list cultural institutions
- to co-operate with peer students
- to apply latest research methods
- to write a final essay on culture
Assessment methods
Oral or written exam. Final essay. The final grade depends on how active a student is in the class and on his or her individual work.
Professor Irina Belobrovtseva
Replacement literature
Гудков Л. Негативная идентичность (2004). М.; Травма: пункты (2009). М., Лебина Н. Советская повседневность: нормы и аномалии (2015). М.