Estonian Politics and Society
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Eesti ühiskond ja poliitika
Course title in English
Estonian Politics and Society
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 give an overview of how Estonian politics and government system of Estonia function: central problems and conflicts. To look at different fields related to political system and contact points of Estonian society and to discuss the problems.
Brief description of the course
Estonian society and history – mentality and the roots of current questions. Main logic of Estonian transition. Estonian society – the main conflict points and uniting factors. Stratification and social problems. Political culture. Civil society. Influential interest groups and their role in politics. National matters. Elite and its evolution. Parties. Governmental institutions: Parliament. Governments. Public service and civil service. Estonian administrative culture. Local governments. A welfare state and its features. Estonia and the European Union. The Republic of Estonia in the broader international context. Estonia in the globalising world – perspectives and future.
Independent work
Acquiring course material; preparation and participation in seminars; writing the final essay; preparation for the final exam.
Learning outcomes in the course
Knowledge of the main policy-makers in Estonia, skills to analyse their views and actions;
Knowledge of the main indicators of Estonian public policies;
Skills to analyse social impact of policy results.
Assessment methods
Participation in seminars and analytical essay.
Rein Ruutsoo, Tõnis Saarts
Replacement literature
Eesti Inimarengu Aruanded (alates 2010).
Vetik, R. (toim.). (2012). Eesti poliitika ja valitsemine 1991-2011. Tallinn: Tallinna Ülikooli Kirjastus.