History of Everyday Life
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Argikultuuri ajalugu
Course title in English
History of Everyday Life
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To give core knowledge for familiarising oneself with the research problems, methods and references in the field of everyday life, to form a competency for describing and analysing the central topics in it.
Brief description of the course
The students are introduced to the main directions and the historiography of the history of everyday life. We look at the conceptualisation of everyday life through the prism of enlightenment and romanticism; also we study the main developments during the 20th and 21st century. We discuss the factors of continuity and recruitment of everyday life. The cultural universals and the main topics of everyday life (society, family, community, gender, spiritual and material culture) are discussed from the historical perspective, mainly in the context of the societal developments of the 19th and 20th century. The students acquire knowledge of the research methods in the area of everyday life.
Independent work
Reading and analysing of the required and recommended literature. Presentation in seminars based on required literature.
Learning outcomes in the course
After completing the course, the student:
· is familiar with and can characterise the main concepts of the history of everyday life, its methods and references; has acquired the main concepts utilised in the field of everyday life.
· is able to name and describe the central topics of the traditional folk culture and the contemporary everyday life culture, the researchers working in the field and their work.
· has got an overview of the literature in the field, is able to contribute to the discussion on the topics handled in the lectures and seminars.
Assessment methods
1. Participation in seminars (20% of the final grade)
2. Seminar presentation (30% of the final grade)
3. Structured written exam (50% of the final grade)
Aivar Jürgenson
Replacement literature
Das gemeinsame Haus Europa. Handbuch zur europäischen Kulturgeschichte. Hamburg 1999.
Wolfgang Kaschuba. Einführung in die europäische Ethnologie. München 2006;
Skandinaavia kultuurianalüüs. Tartu: Tartu Ülikool 1999;
Eesti rahvakultuur. Koost. ja toim. A.Viires ja E.Vunder.
Tallinn 2008;
Ivar Paulson. Vana eesti rahvausk. Tartu, 1997.
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