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   Course Title    Estonia in Europe
Lecturer    Kaarel Haav
Institution    Mainor University
Country    Estonia


1. Aims and objectives of the course

The course teaches basic concepts and methods of critical social analyses. Students acquire an elementary, but complete system of these concepts and methods. The teacher implements the concepts in various social fields (economy, policy, education, culture, gender relations etc.). Students train their skill to relate their individual problems with the system of theoretical concepts.

2. Role of the course in the curricula of business and public administration and IT management

Introduction to sociology is a theoretical basic for other social science courses like economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, political science, informatics, law etc. The course will be taught to first year students.

Students will work 40 hours in the auditorium and 40 hours in library.

3. Course content

Introduction into the course framework. Society as a constructed reality. Main concepts and problems in sociology. On the role of sociology and social sciences in business administration and education.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000) Sotsioloogia. Tallinn.

Haav, K. (2001) The role of students in the curriculum development and quality assurance in Estonian higher education. - Niit, T. (ed.) Quality Assurance in the Higher Education. Tallinn: TPU: 76-86.

Social institutions in economy. Main actors in the capitalist market economy and the capitalist firm. Employment relations in Europe and Estonia: similarities and differences.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000).

Hodgson, G. M. (ed.) (1994) The Elgar Companion to Institutional and Evolutionary Economics. Brookfield: Edward Elgar. (The TTU library).

Kasper, W. and Streit, M. E. (1999) Institutional Economics. Social Order and Public Policy. Brookfield: Edward Elgar. Ch. 7, pp. 173-220.

Pichot, E. (1996) Employee Representatives in Europe and Their Economic Prerogatives. Luxembourg: EC.

Models of business organisations. Ownership and employment relations. Justice and effectiveness in business organisations.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000).

Haav, K. (1988) Kui hästi tasub töötada? (Does it pay to work hard? A review of the sociological research on work, organisation and management in Estonia in 1968-1988). Tallinn: Eesti raamat. In Estonian.

Main social actors, institutions and problems in a democratic state. Relations between politicians, administrators, civil servants and people. Democracy and oligarchy.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000).

Lane, J .-E. (1995) The Public Sector. Tallinn: Külim. (In Estonian).

Spybey, T. (1997) Ch. 15, pp. 297-317.

Reliability and efficiency of public organisations. Public administration reforms in Europe and Estonia: myths and realities.

SIGMA 23 (1998) Preparing Public Administrations for the European Administrative Space. Paris: SIGMA-OECD.

Haav, K. (2001) European Integration and Public Administration Reform in Estonia. - Jabes, J. (ed.) Ten Years of Transition. Bratislava: NISPA: 313-331.

Sociology of education. Main actors in education systems. Educational reforms in Europe and Estonia: a struggle for the control of meanings.

Eurydice (2000) Two Decades of Reform in Higher Education in Europe: 1980 Onwards. Brussels.

Haav, K. (1998) Haridus ja Uued Organisatsiooni Mudelid. (New models of organisation in education). Haridus, Tallinn. 1998 (1): 23-31.

Haav, K. (1998) Administrators in Education. - R. Lang (ed.) Management Executives in the East European Transformation Process. München and Mehring: Rainer Hampp Verlag. Pp. 469-483.

The cultural perspective in sociology. Culture and language. Culture and symbolism in management. Sense-making in organisations.

Spybey, T. (1997) Ch. 14, pp. 273-295.

Weick, K. E. (2001) Making Sense of the Organization. Oxford: Blackwell.

Social institutions. A system of the effective social institutions.

Kasper, W. and Streit, M. E. (1999) Ch. 5, pp. 92-133.

Haav, K. (1999) Turg, firma ja partnerlus kui efektiivsete sotsiaalsete institutsioonide süsteem. – Kalle, E. (ed.) Äritegevuse innovaatika, II. Tallinn: TTÜ Kirjastus. Pp. 73-88.

Gender and family. Sexual equality and discrimination. Management of the emotional relations.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000).

Järve, M. (ed.) Jagatud õigused ja vastutus. Sooline võrdõiguslikkus Eestis. Tallinn: Sotsiaalministeerium.

Sims, D., Fineman, S., Gabriel, Y. (1993) Organizing and organizations. London: SAGE. Ch. 12, pp. 145-157.

Social stratification in Europe and Estonia. Social control.

Aasland, A., Tyldum, G. (2000) Better or Worse? Living Conditions’ Developments in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 1994-1999. Tartu: Fafo (Norway) and Ministry of Social Affairs (Estonia). In Estonian and English.

Spybey, T. (1997) Ch. 5, pp. 93-125.

Assessment of the reliability of social information. Methods of obtaining the new social information. Sociological culture in Estonia.

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000) Sotsioloogia. Tallinn.

4. Methods used

Lectures, introducing the theoretical framework. 22 academic hours.

Analysis of practical cases on the basis of the two or three relevant models. 10 hours.

Analysis of some published popular texts. 8 hours.

Independent study of the relevant literature. A review of an article or book. An essay on a main problem. 40 hours.

5. Assessment

A short essay (3-4 pp.).

Oral exam, discussion on two sociological problems.

6. Resources and readings

Basic textbooks

Hess, B. B., Markson, E. W., Stein, P. J. (2000) Sotsioloogia. Tallinn: Külim.

Spybey, T. (1999) Britain in Europe. Introduction to Sociology. London and New York: Routledge. Available at the library of the University of Mainor.

Haav, K. (2001) Sissejuhatus sotsioloogiasse. Eesti Euroopa kontekstis. Õpiku käsikiri. (Introduction into sociology. Estonia in Europe. Textbook.). Tallinn: MMI. In Estonian.

Main reference books available at the main libraries in Estonia

Haralambos, M. and Holborn, M. (1995) Sociology. Themes and Perspectives. London: Collins. Available at the main libraries in Tallinn.

Hodgson, G. M. (ed.) (1994) The Elgar Companion to Institutional and Evolutionary Economics. Brookfield: Edward Elgar. Available at the library of the Tallinn Technical University.

Kuper, A., Kuper, J. (1996) The Social Science Encyclopedia. London, New York: Routledge. Available at the library of the Tallinn Technical University.

Mouzelis, N. (1995) Sociological Theory: What Went Wrong? Diagnosis and Remedies. London, New York: Routledge. Available at the National Library in Tallinn.

Sills, D. L. (ed.) (1991) International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Vol. 1-19. Available at the main libraries in Tallinn and Tartu.



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