Tartu, Estonia

The Politics of Popular Culture

when 31 July 2023 - 10 August 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 480

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 480: Course fee
EUR 175: Accommodation in the student dormitories


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