Estonian Politics and Society
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Course title in Estonian
Eesti poliitika ja ühiskond
Course title in English
Estonian Politics and Society
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To give an overview of the basic processes and key issues in Estonian society and politics from a sociological and political science perspective. To develop the information seeking skills in the issue area and the capacity to discuss key problems related to Estonian politics and society on one’s own.
Brief description of the course
The historical development of the Estonian society, mentality and political institutions. The logics of the regime transition processes. Stratification and its implications. Interethnic relations and ethnopolitics. Estonian political culture. Civil society and patterns of participation. Political parties and the party system. Estonian economic policies and economic development. Political communication in Estonia – the integral points of media and politics. The state in a broader international and globalising context. Estonia’s future developments and potential scenarios.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the particularities of the historical development of Estonian social and political institutions;
- knows the key developments in relevant fields of Estonian politics and societies such as civil society, party system, interethnic relations, stratification, political communication, etc;
- understand the particularities of Estonian political culture and can compare it to other countries;
- can critically assess the potential points of conflict in the Estonian society and politics and deliberate over these;
- orientates in the literature and thematic reports concerning Estonian social and political developments;
- can analyse at least one key problem that is relevant in Estonian politics and society and write an analytical essay based on that;
- can interrelate the social and political developments in Estonia with the main focus of the curriculum.
Tõnis Saarts