Tartu, Estonia

The Politics of Popular Culture

when 1 August 2022 - 7 August 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

This course provides an overview of the methodological tools required to assess a diverse range of research questions related to politics and popular culture, including Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Multi-modal Discourse Analysis (MMDA). The course also takes full advantage of the interactive and immersive learning environment in Tartu, to introduce students to the most important issues affecting the relationship between politics and popular culture in Estonia and beyond.

Morning sessions involve focused seminars and lectures, which provide opportunities for students to engage with theoretical, practical and methodological issues affecting the ways politics interacts with popular culture. These themes are further enhanced in afternoon sessions, which include unique study visits to some of Tartu's key cultural institutions and meetings with leading experts and practitioners.

Course leader

Michael Cole, University of Tartu

Target group

MA/PhD and advanced BA

Course aim

Students completing the course will:

– Gain an overview of the ways politics and popular culture interact in a wide range of contexts.
– Be introduced to methodological tools, which can be used to examine relationships between popular culture and politics in academic research, including Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), and Multi-Modal Discourse Analysis (MMDA)
– Explore specific case studies of their own interest through a class project.
– Produce an optional written assignment with the opportunity to publish with an established online media outlet.

Fee info

EUR 250: Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and Student Hostel website to find accommodation opportunities. It is possible to take a bus from Tallinn Airport to Tartu Coach Station (180km). Ticket information on Tpilet.


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