History of the 20th century
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
20. sajandi ajalugu
Course title in English
History of the 20th century
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Uku Lember (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
This combination of lectures and seminars is meant to analyse European 20th century history focusing on the major problems, ideas and movements that shaped it. Thus this course is not structured according to national history narratives, but tries to introduce a transnational understanding of the European 20th century.
Brief description of the course
This course focuses on ideas and movements like nationalism, socialism, fascism and decolonization. We will analyse and discuss processes of revolution and secession as well as dynamics of integration and (forced) migration. Whereas the lectures give a broader overview on developments and tendencies, the seminars are meant to discuss topics with the help of scholarly literature. What did it mean to live under a totalitarian dictatorship? How did counter-culture in the west and the east shape our understanding of the Cold War? In short, this course wants to introduce the students to the past of the interconnected world we live in today.
Independent work
The students work independently with the literature given for the preparation of the seminars by the teacher (uploaded to Moodle). They write a short essay on a topic agreed on by the teacher. They prepare a short presentation of their preliminary results for special seminars that take place close to the end of the semester. Finally they prepare for the exam (studying the materials given during the course and reading the obligatory literature).
Learning outcomes in the course
At the end of the course the student
- is able to discuss the major ideas and movements that shaped European 20th century history
- manages to distinguish facts from myths, especially concerning the totalitarian regimes
- can explain certain developments in the European past century without necessarily referring to the individual role of “great historical personalities”
- has developed an understanding for the meaning of certain grass-roots movements for the course of history
- is able to formulate her/his views concerning European history orally and in written form
- has improved his/her writing skills and has become used to read scholarly literature
Assessment methods
The written exam.
Lektor Uku Lember