University of Tartu


Available Courses

The aim of this course is to introduce the principles and evolution of public management theory, contrast and compare management approaches used in public, 3rd sector and for-profit organizations, give participants opportunities to learn about and use public/3rd sector management techniques. After completing this course students are expected to be able to have deeper knowledge about public and 3rd sector management theories, learn public/3rd sector techniques for providing quality customer service, evaluating employee/organizational performance, engaging in strategic planning and conducting financial management, understand the links between public/3rd sector management theories and actual practice, and successfully apply the obtained theoretical knowledge.

The aim of this course is to give an overview and a clear understanding of the political, institutional, and historical dimensions of the EU and of European integration. Part of the course investigates and discusses different theoretical perspectives, thereby enabling students to understand and interpret the recent transnational developments critically. A part of the course is devoted to the understanding and problematization of some of the most controversial contemporary issues such as the current economic crisis in the Eurozone, prospects for further political integration, and enlargement. At the end of the course, student will have a solid understanding of the nature, foundation, history, and overtime institutional and political developments of the EU. They will have developed a critical perspective on the major achievements of European integration and will be able to problematize the most relevant EU-related issues.

The course aims at unpacking globalization as a theoretical concept and a set of political practices constitutive of international relations in the 21st century. It will focus on explaining different conceptualizations of globalization and their varied effects in different parts of the globe.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1) become deeply and comprehensively informed about the variety of approaches to globalisation;
2) expand their knowledge of different actors and institutions of a global world;
3) critically discuss the practical effects of globalisation for international politics and economics;
4) apply theoretical knowledge to specific case-based situations,
5) analyze major trends and dynamics of globalization;
6) find evidences supportive of key concepts of globalization;
7) synthesize theoretical knowledge and practical analysis.

The course gives 6 ECTS.

This course aims to give a systematic overview of the populist radical right (PRR) party family in Europe. The populist radical right (PRR) is a party family that is rising in popularity throughout most of Europe. In recent years, the PRR has gained unprecedented momentum and success. At first, the populist radical right was a marginal political force on the extreme end of the spectrum in most European countries. Then, these parties began to use the European elections as a litmus test to increase their visibility and test their political platforms. Finally, the populist radical right began to win key elections and in 2014, Europe was hit by the “Eurosceptic earthquake” that saw PRR parties win an unprecedented number of seats in the European parliament. The last two years have also seen a rise in support for the populist radical right primarily due to the refugee crisis.
The course will start with a conceptual definition of far-right and populist movements and then it will look at specific case studies in the European context.

At the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of several aspects of the populist radical right in Europe, including how these parties operate on the national and the European level; party ideologies; relationship with the Russian Federation and differing attitudes towards the European project.

The aim of the course is to introduce main theories of area studies and globalization studies, and describe how Estonia, East Asia, the Middle East are interlinked with other regions (e.g. the EU, Pacific) of the world.

Having successfully completed the course, a student will knows the main theories of area studies and globalization; able to evaluates the main problems and opportunities in an increasingly globalized world; able to analyses links between world regions and consequences of globalization; and carries out research independently.

The course is meant to introduce the concept of biopolitics, its vocabulary and theoretical background; demonstrate the cognitive potential of biopolitics as an explanatory tool for a variety of contemporary political, social and cultural issues; explicate the possibilities of using biopolitics for comparative policy analysis. Upon the completion of the course the students will be able to identify correlations between the core concepts of the biopolitical scholarship (biopower, sovereignty, bare life, regimes of belonging, governmentality); explain the current political, cultural and social events through the prism of biopolitical approaches; enhance analytical skills in critical / creative thinking about the society; share experiences of team work and group presentations.

This course will provide an overview of one of the key trends in democratic development – electronic democracy – and its counterpart in modern governance – electronic government. The objective will be to expose students to the latest trends that will be important for democracy and governance over the coming decades. The course is explicitly focused on e-government solutions and applications such as cloud based services, predictive services, blockchain, e-voting but nevertheless covering also the normative challenges that these present.

Students completing the course will (1) understand the essential normative and empirical dimensions of electronic democracy, (2) have an overview of key electronic means for political participation and inclusion, (3) be familiar with the essential structures and platforms of e-government, (4) be aware of how both e-democracy and e-government can be applied in modern governance situations.

The objective of the course is to provide theoretical/academic knowledge about different aspects of Diplomacy and real life problems/lessons learned. Each topic will be introduced with practical examples from my more than 25 years long diplomatic career and interactive discussion.

Students will obtain understanding how Diplomacy has evolved and how it functions today. Diplomacy is discussed as a method and a way of implementation of nation’s foreign policy. The course addresses different actors in Diplomacy and how they act, different methods and fields of diplomacy. Emphasis is made on very practical approaches and lessons learned from practice, including functioning of an Embassy, personal and professional skills of diplomats, networking, negotiations etc. Obtained knowledge will support implementation of some basic practical tasks- arranging meetings and visits.

The purpose of the course is to discuss a number of policy issues that currently define the EU political agenda, such as the COVID-19 crisis, post-Brexit Britain’s relations with Brussels, and migration. Students are trained to analyse various current EU policy problems and to design solutions to tackle these issues. At the end of the course, students will be able to use basic methods to analyse complex (“wicked”) policy problems in the EU context (problem analysis/root cause analysis), analyse the positions of various EU actors (institutions, Member States, other stakeholders) regarding such problems and regarding possible solutions (stakeholder analysis), use foresight techniques for policy analysis and design (scenario-writing, Delphi method, brainstorming, expert consultations, trend extrapolations), find relevant information from the EU databases (legislation, policy documents, EUROSTAT) and from specialized think-tanks/on-line media, effectively communicate on policy analysis and design, both orally and in writing, and adequately provide and receive feedback to/from fellow students and from lecturers, in class-settings

The aim of the course is to provide participants with the conceptual framework to facilitate strategic thinking about cyber defence and develop an understanding of how cyber considerations integrate into national and international security policy and strategy formulation.

By the end of the course participants are expected to be able to:
* Quote key features of the modern/future security environment
* Define the growing role of the cyberspace as a web of critical asset and its relation to the national security
* Analyze the strategic aspects of cyber defence in national and international security environments
* Evaluate cyber space policies and approaches as well as participate in formulating strategic defence concepts.

The course gives a comprehensive introduction into the studies of the Asian and Middle Eastern societies in the frame of interdisciplinary approaches and analytics. Important part of the course is comparative study of historical processes, societies of regarding region, ways, factors and specifics of the development, mutual relations of states and peoples within particular periods and situations. The course provides knowledge and deeper insights on the historical grounds and causes of the contemporary conditions and situations in the targeted regions.

This course introduces features and processes characterising contemporary Asian and Middle East societies. The course provides students with the basic knowledges and skills to analyse various (geo)political, economic, environmental factors, social and administrative systems, public relations, national cultural and ideological concepts, challenges and responses to the global concerns. The course regards relations between European Union and Asian and Middle East countries. The special attention is dedicated to analysis of Estonian trade relations and the opportunities to intensify them, including the detailed analysis of the Estonian export potential and countries import specifics. The course also includes a brief comparative analysis of different options of arranging business in the targeted countries and regions and provides students with the sufficient information and insights for making initial assessment of their capacities to enter local markets.

The main objectives of the course are to give a review of different political models in Middle East and North Africa, describe the dynamics of Middle Eastern and North African political regimes and movements and their peculiarities, assess current changes in political and social settings of Islamic societies and the role of religion in them, substantiate the correspondence of political and social outcomes and cultural and religious reasons.

In order to understand the modern Middle East it is crucial to appreciate the role that religion has played in the societies of this region since antiquity. The course will examine the main historical-cultural bases (Canaanite, Arabic, Indo-European and North-African) of the Middle-Eastern societies and the way in which religion has functioned in these societies. We will explore the topic through a broad thematic and chronological scope – an optic that allows students to appreciate both continuities and changes in the middle-eastern societies.

The course gives an overview of different religions practiced in modern-day Israel (Judaism, Islam, Druze religion, Christianity etc.) and of their relations with each other as well as of the state-religion relationship in Israel in general.

The course consists of following topics: indicators in population analyses, standardisation of data, table data in population analyses, population projections, seminars about the latest international literature about population analyses (will be changed every year).

During the course the main principles and theories about a formation of social policy are presented. Course deals with different factors and groups in policy formation process. The effectiveness of those factors is analysed.
Also different theories, about the development of policy process, public decision making and economic and social effectiveness of all process are analysed. During the course students get an introductory guideline into cost-benefit analyses. Classical public policy dilemmas – free rider,
prisons dilemma and other are discussed in the light of policy process.

The course will cover the following sub-topics that are at the center of interdisciplinary internet studies and discussions. This course has a special emphasis on media and communication studies, but is heavily influenced by semiotics, economics, sociology, political science, information sciences, education, psychology and legal frameworks. We will take a look at the users and non-users of different contemporary technology, their digital literacies and skills and knowledge necessary for future work. One of the components of digital literacies – critical selection and evaluation of information – will get extra attention when covering the topic of so-called post-truth society and information overload. Additionally, the topics include power dynamics of different institutions, groups and individuals in new media and online spheres. Furthermore, this course will focus heavily on many different privacy issues that have risen in the information age.

Kompleks Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi. Gedung D Lantai 18, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Pintu Satu, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia 10270

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