Information History
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Informatsiooninduse arengulugu
Course title in English
Information History
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
●To create prerequisites for understanding the development of information society through the study of information history;
●To create possibilities for obtaining knowledge on the history of book, libraries and bibliography in order to understand the development of the recording, mediation and preservation of information and the factors influencing these processes
Brief description of the course
The concept of information history. Different ways and approaches of studying information history.
The advent and distribution of writing. Recording, collection, distribution and preservation of written information in Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. The invention of printing and its role in history. Book culture and libraries in modern era. The advent of journalism and carthography. Book culture in the time of Enlightenment. The heyday of print media in the 19th century. The role of memory institutions in preservation and mediation of information. The influence of the development of communication tools on the distribution of information in the 19th and 20th century. The rise of mass mediain the 20th century.
Digital and digitised written culture. The diversification of information carriers. Information society and the memory of the world, cultural heritage in the digital era.
Independent work
Reading and analysis of lecture materials and compulsory literature in order to prepare for seminars. Independent practical assignments. Compilation and presentation of group research work.
Learning outcomes in the course
After the completion of the course the student:
●Knows the basic characteristic features of recording, mediation and preservation of information during the different historical periods ;
●Understand the impact of political, economic, social and technological factors on the development of information recording, distribution and preservation;
●Knows the most important facts and events in the development of information recording, distribution and preservation including in the history of book and libraries;
●Knows the special terminology of the discipline and is able to use it,
●Is able to connect the Estonian developments with European context and global processes
Assessment methods
The final grade is the calculated on the basis of grades for the written exam paper, individual assignments and group work
dots Aile Möldre
Replacement literature
Annus, E. (2000). Eessõna [Eesti raamatuloost 1525-1703]. – Eestikeelne raamat 1525-1850. Tallinn: Eesti Akadeemiline Raamatukogu, lk. 7-12.
Jansen, E. (2000). Baltisaksa raamat Eesti kultuuriloos. – Raamatu osa Eesti arengus. Tartu: Eesti Raamatu Aasta Peakomitee, lk. 200-220.
Kala, T. (2008). Käsikirjaline raamat Eestis. Tallinn: Tallinna Linnaarhiiv, lk. 11-32.
Reimo, T. (koostaja). (2000). Eesti raamatu kronoloogia. Tallinn.
Robert, K. (2002). Tallinna linna Oleviste raamatukogu ajaloost. _ Bibliotheca Revaliensis ad D. Olai = Tallinna Oleviste Raamatukogu = Revaler Bibliothek zu St. Olai. Tallinn, lk. 15-25.
Undusk, Jaan. (2000). Ajalootõde ja metahistoorilised žestid. Eesti ajaloo mitmest moraalist. – Tuna (2000), nr. 2, lk. 114-130.
McKitterick, D. (2013). Old books, new technologies : the representation, conservation and transformation of books since 1700. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press
McQuail, D. (2000). Massikommunikatsiooni teooria. Tartu.
Weller, T. (2008). Information History - An Introduction. Oxford: Chandos.