History and Memory
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Ajalugu ja mälu
Course title in English
History and Memory
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To provide a wide-ranging overview of memory studies: their influence on the contemporary human and social
sciences, the key authors, theories and concepts, as well as the opportunities to apply these in various fields; the students should get the opportunity to develop their skills in analysing various phenomena belonging to the sphere of historical and cultural memory, as well as in finding and adapting suitable theoretical and conceptual
frameworks for these kinds of studies;
The students should get the opportunity to understand the different “monumental” layers of the “memory landscape” in Estonia and in other countries.
Brief description of the course
The seminars give an overview of the theories and concepts used in contemporary memory studies and introduce the ways they are appropriated in different fields. We read and analyse jointly key texts of memory studies, and discuss various realms of memory in Estonia and elsewhere. The course discusses and analyses the representations of collective memory in various media, examines the formation and transformation of realms of
memory, and pays attention to their role in the formation of identities. We also examine the specifics of today’s
historical memory, especially in Eastern Europe, as well as the perspectives of memory studies.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows the theories and concepts used for analysing historical and cultural memory and can distinguish between the most relevant trends, problems and authors in this field of study;
- is able to find suitable theoretical approaches and concepts for analysing various topics and phenomena;
- can discuss the construction and transformation of different realms of memory, as well as their role in the construction of identities;
- has an overview of the problems associated with memory culture and politics today;
- proves her/his skills in presenting the major issues of a given topic in an oral presentation, as well as in discussing and analysing a given topic in a written form.
Karsten Brüggemann