Study and Analysis of Society
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Ühiskonna uurimine ja analüüs
Course title in English
Study and Analysis of Society
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Acquisition of the basic knowledge of the aims of analysis of society and main concepts, theories and areas of such analysis;
Acquisition of the ability of seeing the connections between societal issues and personal biographies (including the student’s own);
Acquisition of the basics of methodology used to analyze society;
Creating an understandig of the discipline of sociology.
Brief description of the course
The following theoretical concepts will be touched upon:
• Classical sociological theories: functionalism, conflict theory, societal exchange, symbolic interactionism
• Society and culture: high culture, mass culture, subculture, globalization and multiculturalism, cultural universals and ethnocentrism, civilization, value, meaning, model, ideology, lifestyle and way of life
• The build of society and functional needs: division of labour, institutions, organizations, bureaucracy
• Societal order: deviance, norms, anomie, social control, power, anarchy, social problems
• Stratification: status, classes, unequality, social mobility
• Individuals and society: belonging, solidarity, groups, roles, social and personal identity
• Societal change: modernity, postmodernity, risk society, scial conflicts and integration
• Estonian society: demographics, social problems, stratification, education, labour market, civil society, ethnic and gender relations
• Methods for studying society: research plan, research questions, sample, validity and reliability, qualitative and quantitative methods, observation, questionnaire, interviews
Independent work
• reading texts, watching videos, and making summaries of them
• asking sociological questions and making research proposals based on acquired materials
Learning outcomes in the course
The student knows main areas of sociiological research; main theories and concepts used in these fields; is able to differentiate these from the rest of sociological knowledge; is able to connect these theoreis and concepts to rea life phenomena.
Assessment methods
Multiple choice tests; written exam; homework in the forms of mini-esseys
Karmo Kroos
Replacement literature
- Bauman, Z. & May T. „Mõeldes sotsioloogiliselt“ Eesti Vabaharidusliidu Kirjastus, 2005
- Gouldner A. W. & Gouldner H. P. „Modern Sociology. An Introduction to the Study of Human Interaction“ NY: Barcourt, Brace & World Inc, 1963
- Lagerspetz, M. „Sotsiaalteaduste uurimise meetodid – sissejuhatus ja väljajuhatus“ Tallinn: TLÜ Kirjastus 2017
- Käärik H. „Klassikaline ja nüüdisaegne sotsioloogiline teooria“ Tartu: Tartu Ülikooli Kirjastus 2015
- Sotsiaalteaduslike andmekogumise ja -analüüsi meetodite ning vahendite veebiõpik. Tartu: Tartu Ülikool, 2014 -