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allinn University Summer School has become a meeting point for many young people from many different countries. Our summer school programme provides a growing number of courses that can be used to complement existing knowledge in a particular area of interest or to indulge in a completely new academic pursuit. But more importantly, we combine these activities in a friendly and academic atmosphere which makes the Tallinn University Summer School an enjoyable experience. Furthemore, Tallinn offers great opportunities during the summer season, including open roof-top cinemas for the culture-seeking crowd and numerous social events and festivals which are held during the warmer months. Our famous medieval Old Town, built between the 13th and 16th centuries and the Kumu Art Museum are both within walking distance from the campus. The Kumu Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Baltic States and one of the largest in Northern Europe. Welcome to Tallinn University Summer School!


Professor Tiit Land Rector

Contents Tallinn Summer School at a Glance������� 4 Estonia, Tallinn and the University��������� 7 Courses  Cultural Programme��������������������������� 54 Dance Workshop������������������������������� 58 Recreational Workshop: Trampoline��� 59 Special Events������������������������������������ 60 Registration���������������������������������������� 62 Accommodation�������������������������������� 62 Contact��������������������������������������������� 62

Estonian Language �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 8 Russian Language ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 10 English Language �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 12 Italian Language ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 14 Spanish Language for Beginners ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 16 Chinese Language for Beginners ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 18 Becoming an Animated Film Maker: Story & Character (by Estonian Academy of Arts) ����� 20 Creating Fine Arts Learning Experiences for Children �������������������������������������������� 22 Creative Workshop in Glass Art and Painting ��������������������������������������������������������� 24 Creative Writing in English: Screenwriting ������������������������������������������������������������� 26 Designing Simple Musical Instruments (in Haapsalu) ��������������������������������������������������� 28 Design Course (by Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences) ��������������������������� 30 Digital Filmmaking: Make a Short in Three Weeks ������������������������������������������������� 32 Kaurismäki and his Predecessors – Finnish Mind and Cinema ��������������������������������� 34 Natural Environment as Inspiration for Creativity �������������������������������������������������� 36 New Media: Experimental Interaction Design ������������������������������������������������������� 38 Current Issues in International Law ����������������������������������������������������������������������� 40 Innovation Starts from Vision and Business Models (by Tallinn University of Technology) ���� 42 Interdiciplinary Issues in Estonia – Social Work and Educational Science ����������������� 44 Social Cost-Benefit Analysis (by Estonian Business School) ����������������������������������������������� 46 Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in International Relations – Globalisation as a Challenge for Studying and Conducting Security in International Relations �������������� 48 Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in Social and Cultural Studies – Revisiting the Revolution: Past, Present, Perspectives ��������������������������������������������� 50 World Philosophy: Responsibility in Asian Philosophy �������������������������������������������� 52


Summer TallinnSchool

at a Glance


nternational is the key word when it comes to Tallinn University, our objective to build an international center for academic research. As part of our international focus, we have established the tradition of an international Summer School, and with a newer initiative, the Winter School.

Not only does our Summer School present the finest Estonian specialists to teach both the Estonian language and culture, but our program integrates internationally acclaimed academics, opinion leaders, and intellectuals. Summer School not only brings together extraordinary faculty but also attracts a diverse array of students from throughout the world. Last year, 273 students from 42 different countries attended 18 subject-specific courses.


Our two schools have a casual and relaxed atmosphere yet still maintain an outstanding scholastic approach, as well as acceptance of a wide diversity of opinions. Every year our program is revised and developed to include new, relevant topics. In 2012,

“I have been to many institutes and universities during my life, by far the best, the most friendly and the most free and open education supporting was Tallinn Summer School!!! I love it”. Takis Makrygiannis, Greece Participant of Tallinn Summer School 2010 & 2011 “I would recommend TSS to a friend. It is a place where studying is made fun and where you can meet interesting new people.” Laura Lewis, Scotland Participant of Estonian Language Course 2011

we’ll focus on revolution with an emphasis on both past and present. In 2012, the first courses will start on the 16th of July and all courses will end on the 3rd of August. The language of instruction is English (for some courses also Russian). 2012 is also a special year, as for the first time, Tallinn Summer School is organized together with four other universities in Tallinn: Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Business School, Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences and Tallinn University of Technology. After all the work is done and the coursework completed, we encourage participants to take part in one of the Summer School’s specially-organized field trips. The first trip is to St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia, the second one to the beautiful Estonian island Hiiumaa. Join us this summer!



Estonia, Tallinn and the



stonia is situated in north-eastern Europe on the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is bordered to the east and southeast by Russia and to the south by Latvia. The northernmost of the three Baltic States, Estonia is a country offering visitors the chance to see a country that is both ex-Soviet Union and now proudly European Union. Remains from the Middle Ages, beautiful natural parks, unspoiled beaches and many islands just off the coast – these are just some of the attractions that Estonia has to offer. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a historic city dating back to medieval times and was first mentioned in 1154. On the very first encounter Tallinn emerges as a place of lights, colours, shadows and reflections, living in an almost magical Middle Ages dimension. The jewel of the crown is its medieval city centre, otherwise known as the Old Town. At the historical heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with houses from the Middle Ages flanking ancient alleyways. The Old Town is in magnificent condition, with the ancient city walls and towers almost complete – visitors can still stroll through the streets of the Old

Town, wandering past the same churches, squares, towers, and rows of peak-roofed houses as their predecessors did centuries ago. In the centre of the old city centre is located a modern university – Tallinn University, a public institution of higher education. Its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, but it also has a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research. The University’s Summer School has achieved a notable reputation and has become the academic highlight of the Estonian summer.


Esto “I very much recommend TSS. It is a great place for learning Estonian and to get unique and valuable insights in Estonian culture, history, economy etc as well in every day life issues. The organisation is excellent.� Alena Pfoser, Germany Participant of Estonian Language Course 2011



The course is suitable for students of all levels of competence in the Estonian language, from complete beginners with no practical experience to conversationally capable speakers.

nian Language

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012


cross the globe there are millions of people who can speak English, but only one million speak Estonian. The language is part of the Fenno-Ugric group, related to Finnish and Hungarian. Tallinn University’s summer course in Estonian Language and Culture offers an opportunity to study an unusual and entrancing language, all amongst the backdrop of a well-preserved medieval city. The course aims to familiarize a wide range of international students not only with the Estonian language, but also with the country’s rich culture, history, art and lifestyle. After an informal interview and a short written test students will be divided into groups based on their initial proficiency in the Estonian language. The courses will then foster skills at the following levels: Beginner – students will develop basic Estonian communication skills and master day-to-day conversation. The course programme includes pronunciation practice, listening comprehension and easy communication. Intermediate – students will further develop their speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar skills. The students should be familiar with basic Estonian structures. The course programme includes activities on various everyday-life situations. The languages of instruction are Estonian and English and course materials are distributed during the course. In the afternoons following language classes, specialised lectures and discussions will take place, delving into aspects of Estonian culture, history, art, music, and traditions. Students will be presented with material that not only reviews and analyses Estonia’s past, but also its present social and political conditions. Further instruction outside of the summer period of the program is available through a follow-up online course offered by instructor Mall Pesti.

Course fee

420 EUR For students 390 EUR


Birgit Kirsimägi


Rus 10


The course is suitable for students of Russian at all the levels, including complete beginners. It is ideal for students of political science majoring in the countries of the former Soviet Union, since it offers one of the best possibilities to compare two former Soviet countries as well as learn Russian. It is also perfect for those whose work or business is connected with Russia and the Russian language, and for anyone interested in Russian language and culture and appreciates the combination of high teaching standards with a fascinating cultural programme.

sian Language

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012


he Russian Language Course is an initiative organised by Catherine’s College, at Tallinn University. The course programme consists of three parts – language classes, a cultural programme and an additional study tour to St Petersburg, Russia (optional).

“I have learnt a lot during language classes and I had so much fun meeting people and hanging out with new friends. Wonderful experience!” Elena Imberti, Italy Participant of Russian Language Course 2011

Course fee

It is a well-established fact that the best way to learn a foreign language is to visit a country where it is spoken. Estonia is on the threshold of the Russian Federation and the school takes advantage of this proximity. Estonia’s historical connection provides students with one of the best opportunities to learn Russian in the region. Our close ties with our neighbour allows us to make full advantage of resources from Russia – the teachers in the course are all native speakers of Russian with degrees from universities in Moscow and St Petersburg, and they all use the most up-to-date teaching materials published in Russia. What is more, the course offers a real opportunity for genuine communication in Russian – while at the same time offering European standards of safety and service. The Russian Language course also offers a unique opportunity to combine learning Russian in Tallinn with visiting one of the most beautiful Russian cities, its second capital, St Petersburg. During a study trip students will have an opportunity to see the country of the language they are learning, see one of the most beautiful Russian cities with their own eyes, to learn Russian traditions and to improve their Russian. The tour operator arranges a special tourist programme for our students in one of the greatest Russian cities. This programme differs from other summer schools located in Russia or western countries, since it offers a unique bridge to the Russian language and culture.

420 EUR For students 390 EUR


Dimitri Mironov


Engli 12


Anyone interested in the English language

sh Language

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012


odern English, described at times as the first global lingua franca, is the dominant international language of communication. The initial reason for its expansion beyond the bounds of the British Isles, where it was originally a native tongue, was the British Empire, and by the late nineteenth century its reach was truly global. A working knowledge of English has become a prerequisite in a number of fields, occupations and professions and as a result over a billion people speak English to at least a basic level. The English language is a language that is absorbing aspects of cultures worldwide as it continues to grow.

“I have recommended TSS to all my friends because this experience has been one of the most interesting and beautiful ones in my life.” Fernando Martin Lozano, Spain Participant of English Language Course 2011

Course fee

Tallinn is a cosmopolitan city containing a colourful array of people and cultures, which makes it the perfect place to study English during Tallinn Summer School. Students can choose to take a beginners’ course in English. An intermediate course is also offered, likewise taught entirely in the English language using a highly effective professional method. After developing conversational English from our courses, students may soon use their new skills throughout the streets of multilingual Tallinn. The course is intended to build the fundamental elements of the language which are necessary for a plunge into English-speaking countries. It will provide a valuable step towards establishing the necessary skills demanded for a possible future exchange trip abroad. The course will build skills at three levels – beginners, intermediate and advanced – using up-to-date materials and modern teaching methods. After arrival the participants’ competence in English will be assessed and students assigned to the appropriate group. All teachers are native speakers and experienced teachers of English.

350 EUR For students 300 EUR


Birgit Kirsimägi


It 14


The course is suitable for people interested in the Italian language. The language placement tests (only for intermediate participants) will be taken on the first day of the course.

Non-degree course | July 16 – July 27, 2012

alian Language H

istorically, Italy has been the source of many European cultures, including the Etruscans and the Romans. Later it was the cradle of the university and of the Renaissance, which began in Tuscany and spread from there throughout Europe. Rome was for centuries the centre of Western civilization; it also seeded the Baroque movement and seats the Catholic Church. Italy had a colonial empire for centuries, and despite times of political and social isolation, Italy’s contributions to the cultural and historical heritage of Europe remains immense. For someone who wants to learn Italian and delve into Italy’s ancient culture while enjoying Estonia, this is the perfect opportunity.

“The general atmosphere, the cultural programme as well as the quality of education of the Italian language course were very good, thus the TSS is highly recommendable.” Dejan Petkov, Bulgaria Participant of Italian Language Course 2011

Course fee

200 EUR

This summer course will provide language classes and lectures taught by Italian professors and teachers at Tallinn University over 2 weeks (30 hours, 3 academic hours per lesson). All our Italian language courses are based on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and will provide integrated skills on two levels: beginners (A1-A2) and intermediate (B1-B2). The course is led by Professor Antonio Sorella (University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy).


Vittoriano Reno


Spani 16


The course is suitable for anyone interested in studying Spanish under the supervision of Spanish teachers.

sh Language

Non-degree course | July 16 – July 27, 2012

for Beginners


pain has been subject to many external influences since prehistoric times. At times the country itself has been an important source of influence on other regions. It has also left an impressive legacy in Europe and even, in certain periods of history, in the wider world. A global empire for centuries, Spain has left a legacy of 416 million Spanish speakers around the globe today. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world, which is why it is an important tool for international communication and also an opportunity to access the rich culture of the Spanish-speaking countries.

“Outstanding, friendly atmosphere, interesting offers (the Cultural Programme and Dance Workshop) and , obviously, really good results of classes make this school worth visiting.“ Mariia Pustokhod,Ukraine Participant of Spanish Language Course 2010

Course fee

200 EUR

Tallinn Summer School offers an opportunity to learn Spanish language and culture during a two-week course. The language course is very intensive and requires active participation by all students in oral and written exercises, as well as in group work. All the lecturers are native speakers, Spanish teaching professionals from Spanish universities and the Instituto Cervantes. The two week intensive course includes 30 hours of teaching language and will provide 2 ECTS. The classes will also include topics on different aspects of the culture of the Spanish-speaking countries and other activities like the showing of Spanish films.


Juan Carlos Monroy


“The whole learning process was just amazing! The teacher made the learning easy. She explained nicely and this is why we all learned very fast.� Tiina Uibo, Estonia Participant of Chinese Language Course 2011



The course is not designed for only those interested in Chinese for travelling, study or working reasons, but for everybody willing to put effort in learning this difficult, but nonetheless useful and interesting language. Classroom language, at least in the beginning, will be English.

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012


for Beginners

(Chinese Language)


hinese is the fastest growing economy in the world, Chinese students flock foreign universities and foreign companies look for co-operation possibilities with the Chinese. It is a goal for many businessmen to enter the mysterious Chinese market. At the same time Chinese traditional culture, medicine, wushu, enjoy widespread popularity. The Chinese Language Course is an initiative organised by Confucius Institute at Tallinn University (CITU). The course includes both language (Standard Mandarin Chinese) classes as well as short introduction to Chinese culture. One of the co-founders of Tallinn University, Estonian Institute of Humanities has been teaching Chinese since mid-nineties. Currently, the Chinese language courses are conducted by the Confucius Institute that was established at Tallinn University in 2010. Since then the Chinese language has enjoyed great popularity among both university students and people outside university.

Course fee

150 EUR

CITU Chinese language teachers, specialised on teaching Chinese as a foreign language come from Tallinn University’s partner – Guangxi University, China. The Chinese language course runs daily, three 45 minute classes per day. By the end of the course students are expected to be able to recognise, read and write about 150 Chinese characters, hold elementary conversations and have a basic understanding of Chinese traditional culture.


Kadri Sundja





The course is suitable for all who are interested in the theory and practice of animated film making. Only basic English and drawing skills are required for this course so as to express your story ideas both in oral and visual form. Any material that is needed for this course will be provided by the animation department. The course is limited to 12 participants.

Non-degree course | July 23 – July 27, 2012

Becoming an

ated Film Maker: Story & Character Course T

allinn Summer School and the Estonian Academy of Arts offer you a chance to take your first steps in becoming an animated film maker as you take part in this 5 day animated film, story and character course How to brainstorm film ideas? How to tell a compelling story with moving pictures and how to design characters that will compliment your story? These and many other questions will be tackled as you acquire the theory enabling you to think like an animated film maker and emerge from the course with character concepts, a storyboard and an animatic for your own would-be animated short film. The first day of this course is aimed at getting the imaginative juices flowing as participants engage both individually and in teams in creative story exercises. In the following days, you will further

Course fee

315 EUR

develop your own short animated film story as the class tries multiple story structures and shares their ideas with each other. As the outline for the final short animated film is forming, character concept will be introduced, culminating in drawn character turnaround sheets. The drawing continues, accompanied by the theory of transferring a story idea into moving pictures, as the final short story finds its way onto a storyboard and later on into an animatic. The course gives you a ‘ready-to-pitch’ package of your own short animated film concept which then gives you the possibility of using it to make your own animated film.


Katre Paavo, Estonian Academy of Arts



Fine Arts

“I really enjoyed both the summer school as well as Tallinn. Plenty of activities happening, very social.” Olof Benediktsdottir, Iceland Participant of Creating Fine Arts Learning Experiences for Children Course 2011



The course has wide appeal to anyone working with children aged 5–9 years old. It will be particularly useful for parents, carers and teachers. It is of specific interest to anyone who wishes to learn in an enriched English Language environment. English language proficiency level required: Intermediate level

Non-degree course | July 23 – August 3, 2012

Learning Experiences

for Children


his highly acclaimed course is designed to give participants a fresh perspective in the education of young children. The course demonstrates the advantages of introducing the fine arts into the basic principles of education. This dynamic approach to the education of children in their early, formative years, has gained wide respect in the Canadian education system and its effectiveness has been demonstrated across all cultural boundaries. Using the fine arts (music, visual art, and drama) to teach material in all curriculum areas increases the effectiveness of the learning experience for children, and also makes things a lot more fun! Your course instructor, a highly skilled, professional elementary school teacher currently teaching in Canada, will share 20 years

Course fee

250 EUR

of experience in teaching the fine arts in early childhood education. The course will cover the theory and practice of introducing new techniques to teaching and childhood development. The presenter’s unique interactive teaching style will demonstrate how the fine arts can be used to give children a solid foundation in literacy, math, science, social studies and physical education. Learning experiences will be organised into various themes, and participants will be given practical and motivating ideas to use with the children they work with.


Birgit Kirsimägi


Creative Workshop in

Glass Art T

allinn University’s Institute of Fine Arts offers a practical and creative workshop, consisting of two parts – Glass Art and Painting. Participants can choose to join one workshop or both. Glass Art | July 16 – July 20

Glass Art is a world of endless possibilities and gives every person who wants to get acquainted with it, a portion of the magician’s skills. Glass, in its form and state being similar to water, allows us to relate to natural forms and phenomena. Just as nature creates reliefs, sculptures and perceptions out of snow and ice and the mirror of a lake in the landscape, similar abstractions can be obtained by techniques used in Glass Art.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and have fun with them while learning something in the process.” Cathelijn Waaijer, the Netherlands Participant of Creative Workshop in Painting Course 2011



How does a smooth glass surface change into irregular, cracked, volcanic landscapes or precise geometrical structures? How can pieces of colourful glass be linked into sophisticated images and structures without lead frames or any other support? How is a moulded piece of clay transformed into transparent glass sculpture? How is it possible to create hollow forms, transparent as flowing water or shining with its crystals in the candlelight or sun, without using blowing techniques?

The course is for people interested in improving their glass art and/or painting skills, as well as for those who would like to explore their abilities for the first time.

Non-degree course | July 16 – July 27, 2012

and Painting You can experience this magic during the summer school... The course leader is glass artist Sofi Arshas. Painting | July 23 – July 27 We live in a colouful world, colours surround and influence us for our whole lifetime. But how often do we stop and think about this influence? What is it in our environment that makes us nervous and stressed; what is it that creates harmonious feelings and joy? Colours have a lot of power, depending on the combinations and the ones that are used in nature differ from those used by man. During our course we try to analyze the influence of colour combinations in a modern town. The summer school painting course is led by painter Renee Aua, who is also an expert drawer and portrait artist. The primary aim of the painting studio is to explore creative relationships and to collectively find solutions to problems in painting. The task of the current studio is classic “veduta” in modern key - painting a townscape, discovering which motifs offer themselves as possibilities for painting in our present day. 1. SHARING AN EXPERIENCE For beginners and less experienced painters, it is essential to explore basic methods of painting. For more experienced students, it is usually more important to develop their individual means of expression. For both beginners and advanced students, it is helpful to see and learn how a similar task is performed by an-

Course fee

One workshop 200 EUR, two workshops 380 EUR

other student. Although this may result in plagiarism, such methods of subconscious copying are considered a valuable part of the study process and exchange of information.

2. METHODOLOGY IN FRAMES An academic painting studio has always been considered the universal means of imparting painting skills. Nowadays, following these same rules is still valuable in quickly learning the necessary techniques to create a picture. Usually, under these circumstances, the result is predictable and the method is only effective for solving a particular delimited task. 3. ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE As painting is a much broader and more creative process than just making a picture, the next stage in the studio program will be to test the limit of possibilities in academic painting until rules are abandoned. The pattern of activities is improvisation, originating from a motif or an individual idea or vision. 4. PRESENT DAY AS SOURCE FOR MOTIFS The aim of the Summer School is to use the wonderful milieu of Tallinn, where one can find either academic or modern townand seascapes and to discover and paint what summertime in town can offer to a painter’s eye. Depending on the weather, the studio will take place in the open air (plein-air) or if necessary, indoors. It probably will be necessary to finish the works and create larger formats in studio rooms.


Birgit Kirsimägi


Crea in English:

“I finished a short story for the first time in my life. And in English!� Gunilla Rosengren, Finland Participant of Creative Writing Course 2011



This course is suitable for all people who are interested in creative writing. During the course you will be expected to attend workshops and seminars, submit your work for peer review and create a portfolio of your own writing. Upon full participation and the completion of the course, the students will be awarded 3 ECTS points. The expected English language proficiency is C1 or equivalent (advanced proficiency).

Non-degree course | July 27 – August 3, 2012

ative Writing Contemporary total approaches to the modern stage

with Neil Andrew Taylor


reative writing embraces a wide range of genres, from fiction to non-fiction, including the novel, the short story, poetry, drama and screenwriting, and various forms of writing such as crime, travel and biographies. Creative writing includes all writing that is original, innovative and imaginative. It can be what you do for your own pleasure or as your career. The course is designed to enable new and improving writers to find and develop their voice for both the modern stage and theatrical approaches to dramatic performance material. The course treats the total writer (creative, intellectual, inquisitive, emotional and spiritual) as the source of the art, and expects participants to have an interest in other art forms to enable them to draw on a wide range of artistic influences. The course is fun, challenging and participants will work toward having their projects given a rehearsed public reading. Neil Andrew Taylor is a highly successful author and playwright based in London. He travels extensively to lecture in other European cities and further afield. His adaptations of British screen

Course fee

300 EUR For students 250 EUR

classics and novels have been widely performed nationally in the UK including runs on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London’s famous West-End theatre-land. His world premiere works include stage versions of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, Room At The Top, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lady Vanishes, and many others, for leading impressarios. A post-graduate in both literature and film, for several years he directed a successful touring regional theatre company in the UK, and has extensive performance/writing experience in a variety of live and recorded media including works for film, radio and performance prose-poetry.


Krista Mits


Designing Simple




No previous knowledge of music or handicraft technologies is required for course participation. The course is suitable for anybody interested in traditional musical instruments. Course is limited to 15 participants.

Non-degree course | July 27 – August 3, 2012

Instruments T

he Haapsalu College of Tallinn University offers a one-week course aimed at helping students to acquire basic skills in making simple musical instruments. The course contains an overview of simple traditional musical instruments, learning the basic skills for making these instruments and learning to use them and appreciate their qualities. The course consists of 4 modules: rhythmic instruments (suristaja, skraap, lokupill, ritsikas); drumlike instruments (ahvitrumm, templiplokk); simple instruments from bamboo (reko-reko, rütmitoru, skraabiga kõlatoru); reeds (huikepill, vilepill, duur-paaniflööt). The course includes two academic hours of theoretical studies and 30 hours of practical studies. The learning environment is a workshop equipped with all the necessary tools and materials. As a result of the course, each participant receives a diploma of completion (with 3 ECTS). The course will be supervised by senior lecturer, Veikko Hallik. The course takes place in Haapsalu, (founded in 1279) - a beautiful historical seaside town on the western coast of Estonia.

Course fee

215 EUR For students 170 EUR


Mari Kerde





No previous knowledge of design is required for course participation. The main language of instruction is English, but support is also available in Estonian and Russian.

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012

sign Course T

allinn Summer School and the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences offer a design course consisting of 3 different workshops. Participants can attend one, two or all three workshops. Paper Design | July 16 – July 20 This short 5-day practical course gives an overview of the opportunities of using paper in design work. The course covers different techniques, such as paper cutting, manual paper-making, different folding techniques, origami, papier mache, all of which are applicable in making books, forms, lamp shades, blinds, shadow theatre, etc. Simple and easily available materials together with various techniques increase the opportunities for both art and design activities. Course instructor: Assoc. prof. Ülle Linnuste Ergonomics and Design | July 23 – July 27 This is a short course that concentrates on the importance of ergonomics in furniture design. A brief theoretical overview is followed by a 5-day practical course in which each participant practices designing different furniture forms ergonomically suited to the human body. During the practical study, many second-

hand materials (carton, plywood) are used; the workshop takes place in the open air on a sandy beach and ends with an exhibition of self-made furniture. The speciality of this course is in the endless opportunities of trying out the various materials available, which in turn increases the opportunities for activities in both art and design. Course instructor: Assoc. prof. Ülle Linnuste Practical Felting | July 30 – August 3 This is a short practical course in felting (eg. cell phone bag, handbag, jewelry bag, computer bag or soap / stone) The course begins with an overview on felting technology and continues with practical activities on planning and designing objects, individual instruction and practical felting, using decorations with colored stools or yarn with lace. At the end of the course, the participant  will have a created their own felted object. Course instructor: Christina Lään

workshop 270 EUR, two workshops 520 EUR, Course fee One three workshops 750 EUR Linnuste, Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, Contact Ülle Christina Lään, Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences, Siim Sultson, Head of The Chair of Design,


Digit “It’s an amazing experience and a challenge to focus on making a full short movie in three weeks.” Juan Alejandro Bermudez, Colombia Participant of Digital Film-making Course 2011



The course is suitable for all people who are interested in filmmaking and are keen on putting their creative ideas into practice. No particular experience in filmmaking is required and the school encourages the enrolment of students from all backgrounds and countries. Each participant receives a diploma and a copy of the short films produced. The course is limited to 20 participants.

al Film-making:

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012

Make a Short Film in Three Weeks


allinn Summer School, in cooperation with the Baltic Film and Media School (BFM), offers an inspiring course of practical film-making. During the three week course, experienced tutors will take you through all stages of film-making from script to post-production. You will get a good insight into the exciting world of film, share thoughts, laughter and tears with your fellow students and as a result you will take home your own short film. This course uses a hands-on approach to teach you to see the world through the lens of the camera. The three weeks are divided into 3 cycles of film production. During the first week, you will receive a quick introduction to the craft of filmmaking and will work on your own creative ideas. Together with an experienced practitioner, you will then develop a script for a short film. The second week will be spent on capturing the ideas with the camera. While shooting your own film, you will receive expert tips from professional cameramen. The shots start telling a story during the third week, which focuses on editing. After having lectures on the different approaches to montage, you will cut your own film using the modern post-production facilities of BFM.

Students will work in small groups and write, produce, direct and digitally edit a short film, while at the same time gaining experience in the different roles of a film crew while working on the films of the other participants. The program consists of full days of hands-on exercises and work supervised by professional tutors, leading to a series of finalised shorts of up to 10 minutes in duration. The course will end with the screening of the films, analysed by the tutors and fellow participants. Students will use the equipment, film studio and editing facilities of the Baltic Film and Media School. No personal equipment is required, but may be used if participants wish.

Course fee


590 EUR

Tatjana Petuhhova


Kaurism채ki and his Predecessors:



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This course is suited for everyone who is interested in Finnish cinema and Aki Kaurism채ki in particular.

Non-degree course | July 23 – July 27, 2012

Mind and Cinema A

course on Finnish film making past and present. By examining the themes and narratives in the films of internationally well-known Finnish film director Aki Kaurismäki (director of Crime and Punishment, Shadows in Paradise, The Match-Factory Girl, The Man without a Past, Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), the course will provide a general focus on Finnish National Cinema. The course reviews the heritage of the Finnish cinematic past, starting from the silent era of cinema, and elaborating various themes and processes, demonstrating how the Finnish mind and soul are reflected in the history of Finnish national culture. Aki Kaurismäki’s films have undergone continuous scrutiny for over 20 years. Finnish landscape, urban city feelings, time, movements, and nostalgic images are bound together in his films. Kaurismäki’s background lies partly in Finnish cinema, partly in European cinema, and partly also in Hollywood cinema, because of his special relationship with film history. As Kaurismäki’s films clearly suggest, European cinema is aesthetically innovative, humanist, and socially dedicated by nature. In many of his films, images of a city life can come out as essential elements inside the narrative structure. Through Kaurismäki’s modernist approach, the true meaning is not found in the subject of the film, but in the way that cinematic elements and formal structures are themselves used. Kaurismäki avoids conventional narrative structure, preferring to replace it through a unique use of framing, editing, image, sound, and music. In his films, these formal elements come together as a highly

Course fee

200 EUR For students 160 EUR

stylized but expressive language through which he can communicate his central concerns. This course aims to give a detailed account of the development of Finnish cinematic language and narration in its many-sided and exciting forms. The emphasis lies in the very nature of narrative created by Aki Kaurismäki. The course provides students with a critical understanding of the grammar of Kaurismäki’s film language and cinematic techniques. It also provides the skills to analyze what has been seen. Learning about the language of cinema will help students to appreciate films, and to engage actively in discourses and discussions around cinematic elements. The course leader is Professor Jarmo Valkola, Tallinn University.


Birgit Kirsimägi


Natural Environment as




This course is suited for everyone interested in developing their creativity.

Non-degree course | July 16 – July 20, 2012

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uring this summer school course, participants will learn from practical experience, how nature can inspire creativity in different aspects of human life.

Creativity as the binding theme for thought, for body movement, and for art activities. The course includes the following topics: Basics of creativity: How we see creativity, how we recognize creativity inside us and around us. What inspires creativity and how we express the creative part of ourselves. Lecturer: Stanislav Nemeržitski (MSc, Tallinn University, Institute of Arts, Department of Applied Arts). Lectures and workshops Creativity and folklore: Folklore games and folklore dance. Why folklore? Interaction through (folklore) games can satisfy a person’s different needs, e.g. social and intellectual needs, desire for activities. Lecturer: Iivi Zajedova (PhD, senior researcher Tallinn University Institute of Arts, Department of Applied Arts, and a visiting lecturer at Charles University in Prague)

Course fee

250 EUR For students 200 EUR

Creating personal art objects with the help of nature: Workshops will discuss how environmentally-friendly eco-materials can be used to create an art project in nature. Workshops and lectures: Aili Vahtrapuu (Associate Professor, Tallinn University, Institute of Arts, Department of Applied Arts). In cooperation with Tallinn University Baltic Film and Media School, a short documentary will be produced during this summer school course, introducing the activities, methods, and cultural experience of this summer school. The documentary will be presented for competition to ESTDOCS 2012 International Short Doc film contest. The course takes place in a Tallinn University summer camp in Otepää, South Estonia.


Iivi Zajedova


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This course is suitable for all people interested in new media and no specific background is required. Each participant receives a diploma of completion. No specific tools are needed but participants may use their own hardware and software if they wish. The course is limited to 15 participants.

Non-degree course | July 16 – 27, 2012

ew Media

Experimental Interaction Design. Making ideas happen T

he Institute of Informatics of Tallinn University offers a unique two-week course in experimental interaction design enabling a fully hands-on insight into new media.

During the first week, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of new media, interaction design, pervasive, ubiquitous, multi-modal, and physical digital environments in lively ‘hands-on’ workshops. During the second week, students will work in small groups to design and create new media product prototypes and gain experience in a number of interaction design principles, methods, tools and environments.

Course fee

300 EUR. For students 250 EUR

By the end of the course, every student group will have achieved a working prototype of their new media creation and will be able to share and discuss it with their peers and tutors. The main language of instruction is English, but support is also available in Estonian and Russian.


Birgit Kirsimägi


Tallinn University Law School Summer Course

Terrorism, Piracy, A and more in the context of

globalization, state sovereignty and human rights “A great, but relaxed, course with serious discussions and debates.� Michael Dymond, United Kingdom Participant of International Law Course 2011



We invite both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in international law and politics to participate. While prior study of international law and/or international relations is useful, it is not a firm prerequisite. The language of the course is English, so at least an intermediate knowledge of English is required. The students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars. Upon full partication and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15 students will be awarded 3 ECTS points.

Non-degree course | July 30 – August 3, 2012

Current Issues in International Law:

Aggression, Torture I

s the world safe for democracy? It seems that with every passing day the world is becoming a more dangerous place. The phenomenon of war is not new; the emergence of non-state actors as parties to armed conflicts is. Terrorist activity has spread worldwide. Piracy today is not the pre-19th century romantic version people remember from novels and movies. With each effort to increase individual and collective security, decisions that negatively affect human rights are made. Terrorists are claiming that they are being tortured in the course of their interrogation. Pirates are beginning to finance terrorist activity. Efforts to stop attempted genocides and massive human rights violations through humanitarian intervention are still met with resistance on state sovereignty grounds. How can humanity cope? What are the answers? The problems are enormously complex. To the above list we can add slavery, international drug trafficing and money laundering. State agencies and core institutions such as banks are facing the new phenomenon of cyberterrorism. The continuing threat of the use of nuclear and/or biological weapons by state and especially non-state actors is a concern that cannot be dismissed. Can the world survive without instituting Big Brother? Or would the acceptance of Big Brother mean we have already lost? Benjamin Franklin expressed the belief that “people willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.” What is the balance that must be achieved that will

Course fee

350 EUR

ensure both respect for human rights and global survival? The course consists of an intensive series of lectures and seminars led by K. Jaak Roosaare, Juris Doctor, who has wide range of experience in international law (including human rights law and the law of war) and international relations from the United States, Estonia and Europe. Also participating as a keynote speaker will be Professor Rein Müllerson, President of Tallinn University Law School. Professor Müllerson, a member of the Institut de Droit International, is a former professor of the University of London’s Kings College and has served on United Nations human rights commissions.


Birgit Kirsimägi


Innovation T

allinn Summer School and Tallinn University of Technology offer a course on innovation consisting of 3 different parts. Participants can choose to participate in the course for one, two or all three weeks.

July 16 – July 20 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Apple, Yahoo, Google and Facebook were founded by college students. Could you be building the next star technology start-up? This course provides the basic knowledge and skills to help you answer this question. Among others, we will study how changes in technology paradigms give rise to novel opportunities (iPad, YouTube and Android for example); how to identify, analyse and exploit these opportunities (Netflix and iPod for example); how to design innovative products, to create a sustainable competitive edge (iPhone); how to transform loose topics on technologies, opportunities, customers, markets into unique strategic business plans; and how to transform these plans into focused execution while avoiding some common mistakes. It is a multimedia and interactive courseware package for multidisciplinary use exploring the central role of innovation in the dramatic growth of the prominent companies — from smart phones to search engines.


Participants First week: The course is intended for engineering, science and business school students. Classes will include discussions regarding the basic principles of innovation; brief workshops in applying them; presentations by founders/CEOs of high-

tech start-ups; assignments and team projects to create early stage start-ups, the design of novel products. Second week: This is a project-driven class consisting of group work (35%) and classroom work (65%): Class lecture, Harvard case studies and outside speakers from the relevant industries. Third week: The course is intended for engineering, science and business school students. Classes will include

Non-degree course | July 16 – August 3, 2012


from Vision and Business Models

July 23 – July 27 Business Model Innovation This is a fun-filled course that addresses the following questions: What is a business model? What features should a good business model possess? How can a given business model create aggressive competition within an industry? Can I design a successful business model? The course has three modules: Business Model Design, Competitive Forces, and Competing with Business Models. Business Model Innovation can be either “Closed”, “Open” or a mix of both. This course focuses on Open Business Model Innovation, the most effective strategies needed to compete in today’s changing landscape. Students work in groups of three with an assigned corporate executive and with a significant amount of guidance provided by the professor. This fun filled course brings out the creative energy and talent of your group’s collaborative efforts. The goal of the project is to come up with innovative solutions for a publicly traded company (Apple, Microsoft, Google etc.) that is in need of business innovation or a new sustainable business model to market its products. Utilizing some of the open innovation approaches taught in the class through a series of lectures and Harvard case studies, your group’s mission is to come up with an innovative solution to the problems facing the company or build a business model for your future business. The leader for both of these courses is Alar Kolk, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Internationalisation at Tallinn University of Technology.

presentations and discussions of the model types of agent-oriented modelling and team projects to design novel social information systems. The courses are held with a minimum of 20 participants. Upon full participation, students will be awarded 2 ECTS points for a one-week course (6 ECTS for the full threeweek programme).

July 30 – August 3 Agent-oriented Modelling for Designing Social Information Systems We have recently seen remarkable advances in networked mobile “smart” devices, such as iPhones, Androids, and iPads. This multitude of mobile devices has opened new perspectives for social information systems where the overall solution is delivered through interactions between software applications running on many devices rather than by one centralized application running on a server. A well-known example of such peer-to-peer systems is Skype. You might be surprised to hear that much of the design of a social information system can be done without going into technical details related to specific devices to be used. How to do it? As will be explained in the course, to design systems for the distributed world, we first need to conceptualise and model their complicated environment, where many parts, both social and technical, interact. For designing complex systems we need their simplified representations – models. The major models that we study in the course are goal, role, and domain models for problem domain analysis, and interaction, knowledge, and behaviour models for design. The course will be illustrated by examples and exercises of intelligent lifestyle, such as smart home and societal parking and grocery shopping. The course will also include a visit to the Skype development centre in Tallinn. The course leader is Kuldar Taveter, Professor of Software Engineering at the Department of Informatics in Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.


Anni Sinijärv, Tallinn University of Technology

Course fee

One course 390 EUR, two courses 730 EUR, three courses 990 EUR.


Interdiciplinary Issues in

Social Work a “I would recommend this course, because it’s a different way for following lessons. A great experience in a completely different country.” Camille Frient, Belgium Participant of Social Work Course 2011



Bachelor and Master students in the field of social work and educational science are invited to apply. The number of participants is limited to 40 to ensure maximum benefit and efficiency. Upon full participation and the completion of the course the students will be awarded 3 ECTS points and certificated, confirmed by Tallinn University.


Degree course | July 27 – August 3, 2012

and Educational Science I

ssues surrounding social work and educational science in Estonia are closely tied to our Soviet history. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the re-establishment of Estonia’s independence, we have experienced rapid change in our social and educational structures. In order to exchange the information received and to compare different solutions to the same problems the Institute of Social Work organises an annual summer course, and the 2012 course will be the seventh. This is the first co-operational attempt to organise and coordinate the course by the Institute of Social Work and the Institute of Educational Sciences. The summer course’s objective is to support international collaboration in the field of social work and educational studies in Estonia. By inviting speakers and students from partner universities, we hope to create the opportunity to gain and exchange valuable international experience, an essential tool for the contemporary social worker and educator. An opportunity to study within a multicultural and also in multiprofessional environment is one of the most important goals of our summer course. This module consists of lecture-seminars on various issues related to social work and educational sciences in Estonia and abroad. Additionally, we will organise field visits and workshops to allow students to get involved in a specific subject area such as child and youth welfare, the welfare of the elderly, the welfare of people with special needs and relevant educational topics. Workshops include seminars with academics as well as with professionals from the social services and educational sphere.

Course fee

250 EUR

The course includes a 1-day field visit to severeal institutions involved in some aspect of social work or education. Participants will be given the opportunity to visit several social work and educational institutions. Special focuses are on the following topics: multidiciplinarity, identity & integration, “subject” and “object”, learning by doing, children and youth with special (educational) needs, social rehabilitation, media and child, creation & theraphy, rights and responsibilities of the client; social theatre; theory – practice and philosophy. Students will also have the chance to acquaint themselves with Estonia and our national culture. We hope that participants will take the opportunity to invest some of their time and energy in discovering more about Estonia and the Estonian Social and Educational Sphere, in a situation and at a time when these are going through a process of intensive development.


Koidu Saame


Social Cos



Participants should have basic knowledge in microeconomics prior to enrolment in this course.

Non-degree course | July 16 – July 27, 2012

st-Benefit Analysis T

his course is intended for those who are interested in the valuation of public as well as private sector projects, programs or policies from the social point of view.

The course will offer an overview of the conceptual foundations of social cost-benefit analysis, familiarize participants with the underlying principles of valuation of social costs and benefits in a closed economy as well as in an open economy, and develop analytical skills, which are based on socially oriented and economic thinking. Main differences between the financial and economic analysis will be outlined and the relevance of the use of market prices in the social cost-benefit analysis, will be clarified. The participants will become familiar with the main methods of valuation of social costs and benefits and will learn how to value market-goods as well as non-market-goods, such as public

Course fee

550 EUR For students 350 EUR

goods, life and time, by using contingent valuation methods or applying methods that are based on observed behaviour. Among other things, the course will also focus on the consideration of uncertainty and risk in social cost-benefit analysis and explain the concept of marginal social cost of public funds. By the end of this course the participants will be able to identify and evaluate the social costs and benefits associated with the projects and programs of public or private sectors and to assess whether the projects and programs are desirable from society’s point of view. This two-week course consists of lectures and workshops.


Alar Kein Estonian Business School


Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in International


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The course is for MA and PhD students interested in globalization and international politics. Upon full participation and submission of a 3000-word essay, students will be awarded 7 ECTS points. The course consists of 24 hours of lectures and 16 hours of seminar sessions.


Degree course | July 18 – July 27, 2012

sation as a Challenge

Conducting Security in International Relations


he walls of international relations are crumbling: it is unthinkable to ignore how the world and international security have changed since the terrorist attacks of recent years and and how the so- called international community has reacted to the threat of terrorism, or since the rise of new major actors and the ascent of some old actors in international politics. The principles and structures on which the international Euro-centric Westphalian system is based are now challenged by countries like China and India. The course will concentrate on how globalisation will challenge our understanding of international relations and security, and what is required when studying security in the changing international system. It is already in fashion to talk about globalisation and there are several definitions for the phenomenon. However, there is less concern about whether our traditional concepts and theories are ultimately the right tools. Should we try to understand the future by means of the past? Will such rising powers as China and India continue to be westernized, or will they bring their own theories and values to international politics? The principal teachers in this summer school will be Professor Paula Banerjee from Calcutta University and Professor Didier Bigo from King’s College, London. In addition Professor Elina Penttinen from Tallinn University will also contribute.

Course fee

250 EUR


Kaie Lepik


Tallinn Postgraduate Summer School in Social and Cultural Studies.

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Participants We invite M.A. and PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences to participate. A maximum of 30-35 students will be accepted. As English is the language of instruction at the summer school, participants should

have at least an imtermediate level of English. Students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars and workshops. They also have an option (not compulsory) to present their own research during student colloquia. Upon full participation and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15, students will be awarded 5 ECTS points.

Degree course | July 27 – August 3, 2012

he Revolution: Past, Present, Perspectives


hat does the idea of revolution mean for different people today, at this moment in history? How are revolutions envisioned and enacted? How can we conceptualise revolution as a form of change theoretically, and how does it relate to other forms of social change? In particular, the course will focus on the Arab Spring; the revolutions in the former Soviet block; the crisis and the potential of present day left-wing radicalism. For better insight, these recent and on-going cases will be put in a historically and geographically comparative perspective: we will explore which models, narratives, practices and currents of thought are being employed or contradicted, and to what effect. The summer school will draw upon a multi-disciplinary framework (Anthropology, Art Theory, Cultural Semiotics, History, Literary Theory, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology). The course consists of an intensive series of lectures, seminars, student workshops and study trips, lead by scholars of diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, including Christopher Finlay (University of Birmingham), Ernesto Laclau (University of Essex), Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster), George

Course fee

Schöpflin (MEP (EPP); University of Bologna), Eric Selbin (Southwestern University The course is organized in cooperation with the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. 

No tuition fee Non-refundable registration fee: 35 EUR (members of The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts are exempt from the registration fee)


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World Philosophy:




We invite MA and PhD students of philosophy and Asian Studies, with an interest in the respective other field, to participate. The language of the school is English. The students are expected to do some preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminars and workshops. Upon full participation and completion of a 2500-word essay by September 15 students will be awarded 5 ECTS points.

Degree course | July 30 – August 3, 2012

ty in Asian Philosophy I

nquiry into the nature of things and posing questions of a philosophical nature is something done in all cultures, though only a few have developed this inquiry into a systematic discipline accompanied by a corresponding vocation. In our globalised world, varieties of Western philosophy have claimed the title of being philosophy in the true sense of the word, so that this philosophy is taught in the universities of Japan, China and India either predominantly or alongside with the indigeneous traditions. The reverse, however, is not true: the conceptual languages and problematics of non-European philosophical traditions remain largely unknown to Western students of the discipline. The great thought systems of India and China receive a brief mention in historical courses, but there are only

“It was a great experience and atmosphere is really great.“ Birgit Maria Torfs, Belgium Participant of World Philosophy Course 2010

Course fee

250 EUR

a few philosophy departments in the universities of the Western world, where Indian, Chinese and Japanese philosophy would be studied as something as relevant to our own philosophical inquiries as ancient Greek or European medieval thought. This year we will focus on the problematic of responsibility that is central for all ethical systems, East and West, and provides a very good starting point for the investigation of nonEuropean philosophical systems as well as their influence on social processes. How – and why – does one take or assume responsibility for one’s actions? How is the subject of responsibility constructed? And how is responsibility justified? Who or what is the responsible subject accountable to? How do ideas of responsibility affect social structures, how do they foster or impede the possibilities of individuals for self-realisation? These and other questions will be discussed during the the third Tallinn Summer School for World Philosophy, as usual, with an international team of leading scholars.


Kaia Ferland


Cultural Programme T

he objectives of the cultural programme are to provide the participants at Tallinn Summer School with a valuable overview of Estonian culture based on the local heritage, and opportunities for contact between the participants in the various courses. Our aim is to create a meeting place for a wide diversity of cultures. The 2011 summer school had 273 participants from 42 different nations.


Tallinn Summer School arranges different events so its participants can enjoy Tallinn and Estonia. The culture programme is divided into two parts. The first part occurs in the afternoons following the language classes, when specialist lectures and discussions take place delving into different aspects of Estonia’s culture, art, film, economy etc. Students will be presented with material that reviews and analyses not only Estonia’s past, but also its present social and political conditions. The second part involves world issues: students will have the opportunity to attend open lectures on different topics like international relations, innovation, revolution etc. The first day of the cultural programme will be for acclimatising, and includes a tour of the Old Town and a welcome “Cham-

pagne and Strawberries” in the Atrium at Tallinn University. During the following days, students will visit several museums in Tallinn, watch Estonian films, attend a bicycle-tour of untouched and remote spots around Tallinn.

“The cultural programme is a welcome addition to the courses, it provides a range of perspectives on not only Estonia, but also other interesting cultural topics.” Gertjan Buijs, the Netherlands Participant of Estonian Language Course & Cultural Programme 2011

The first week also includes one of the students’ favourite events – the international evening. This is a gathering where students can get to know all the other participants at the summer school, not only those in their own course. This is a great chance to introduce native customs, prepare some national food, or to come up with a national dance, song or game. The first weekend includes a two-day trip to southern Estonia. The first day will be spent in a Viking Village on the beautiful bank of the River Pirita. Participants have a chance to learn more about the history of Estonian Vikings, but also to test their skills in archery or axe throwing or other ancient games. In the evening


the bus will take us to the city of Tartu – the intellectual capital of Estonia on the banks of the Emajõgi River. The second day will include a trip to Taevaskoda Sandstone Cliffs. The hike to the Small Taevaskoja takes you through a 150-year old forest. Besides the Small Taevaskoja you will also find Neitsikoobas (Maiden’s Cave) cut into the outcropping of Devonian sandstone. A little farther along and you will come to the Big Taevaskoda - an impressive sandstone wall rising 24 meters from its base. The trail back passes over the cliff of the Small Taevaskoja and arrives at Emaläte (Mother Spring). The trip continues to Lake Pühajärve and the village of Otepää, the best-known resort in southern Estonia where lunch will be served at Tehvandu Sport Center. Pühajärve, or Holy Lake, is the biggest and most beautiful lake in the Otepää region. Weather permitting, students can head off to the lake for a swim, a game of beach volleyball or just to soak up the sun. Alternatively, some might prefer a walk around the lake. The second weekend will take participants to northern and eastern Estonia. The bus trip will first take participants to the oil shale mine in Kohtla-Nõmme from where the trip continues to Narva, the Russian-Estonian border town. In Narva, participants may visit Narva Castle. During the week, the summer school also offers an opportunity to participate in a dance workshop and/or a trampoline workshop (these workshops are not included in the price of the culture programme).


The fee for the full cultural programme is 350 EUR (students 300 EUR). Alternatively, for the partial programme the fee is 175 EUR (students 150 EUR). This fee includes meals during the weekend trips. For details please see our website


Dance Workshop Dance can mean many things, but it might also be described as a form of nonverbal communication between human beings. Dance is usually seen as a form of art that involves moving the body with a certain rhythm or music in order to express emotions, spirituality or reflect inner moods. The movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in European folk dance, or they may have a symbolic meaning as in many Asian and African dances. Dance can be defined according to social, cultural and artistic segments and range from functional movement, as in folk dance, to professional techniques as in ballet. Dance can communicate ideas, emotions or simply tell a story. But all dance, regardless of style or who is performing, has something in common – it includes shared experience and enjoyment, so anyone can participate. Tallinn Summer School wants its participants to enjoy their summer at Tallinn University and so offers the dance classes three times a week. During the 2012 Tallinn Summer School, we will be offering three separate courses. Our first week’s routine will be based on Rock’n’Roll and the moves from the amazing dance scenes from the musical film “Footloose”. In the second week we will learn how to throw down a groovy Jive. Finally, in the last week of summer school, participants have a chance to learn to stomp out a hot polka in the finest of Estonian traditions. The fee for the dance workshop is 15 EUR for one week and 40 EUR for three weeks.


“The dance workshop was hugely entertaining and an excellent workout.” Heather Martin, United Kingdom Participant of Dance Workshop 2011

“One of my favourite activities. Very creative and interesting.” Bojana Kovac ̌ević, Serbia Participant of Dance Workshop 2010 & 2011

Recreational Workshop:


Get fit and add some spring to your life! Check out the big bounces and high-flying flips from the world of trampolining. In the 1930s, American George Nissen invented the modern trampoline in his garage and used it to help with his gymnastics and diving training. Nissen named it the trampoline after the Spanish word, “el trampolin”, which means diving board in Spanish. Trampolining was used by pilots during World War II and is used today by astronauts to learn body control and orientation while in the air. Trampolining was first made an Olympic event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia. Besides being super fun and easy to do, bouncing on a trampoline has many unique physical benefits. Trampolining is a great way to develop your balancing skills and learn how to control your body while in mid air, also a good leg exercise and helps develops muscles in the arms, shoulders and stomach. As well, bouncing up and down on a trampoline can help you improve your coordination and cardio strength. The workshop is led by Natalia Cherneyko (Tallinn University, Estonia). The fee for the trampoline workshop is 30 EUR (4 X 1,5 hours). Share the fun with Trampoline today! “Trampoline!!! This is so funny!!! So cool!!! So different :-)” “Brilliant! Lots of fun and the teacher is really nice and you learn a lot.” “Brilliant experience – so much fun. Natalie is just wonderful – very good teacher.” Participants of Trampoline Workshop 2011


Special Events A

fter all the courses have finished, participants can join one of the trips organised by Tallinn Summer School. 1) Trip to St. Petersburg with the option of continuing to Moscow We offer you a unique opportunity of combining learning Russian in Tallinn with visiting one of the most beautiful Russian cities, it’s second capital – St Petersburg – as a study tour at the end of the course. During that trip you will have an opportunity to see one of the most beautiful Russian cities with your own eyes, to learn Russian traditions and of course to improve your Russian. The tour operator arranges a special tourist programme for our students in the greatest Russian city. It is also possible to spend one day in Moscow after completing program in Saint Petersburg. The Summer School goes there in the evening of August, 7 by an overnight train. In Moscow we will visit the Red Square, Kremlin, Lenin`s Mausoleum, Moscow underground which is considered to be the most beautiful in the world. We will also take a boat trip along the Moscow River to see the main attractions of the Russian capital outside the city centre. Prices: St. Petersburg: 245 EUR St. Petersburg and Moscow: 490 EUR


For more information please see our website: Contact: Dimitri Mironov

2) Trip to the Estonian island Hiiumaa In summer 2012, Tallinn Summer School will organize a trip Hiiumaa – the second largest islands of Estonia. The island is famous for its beautiful nature and has numerous sights and are thus popular tourist destinations. In Hiiumaa we will see the capital Kärdla, Kassari peninsula (an idyllic peninsula with a long tail-like extenuation, with a few meters wide at the end and finally disappearing in the sea), and Kõpu Lighthouse. Hiiumaa is also famous for it’s remarkable variety of wildlife (over 1000 species of plants – 50 of them rare and under protection). On our way back we will also visit the famous summer resort town Haapsalu. The islanders have their own dialect, customs, songs, national clothing, tales and heroes, a special sense of humor, even their own way of salting fish, baking bread and brewing the island’s famous beer. So there are a lot of things to explore! Price: 200 EUR / 175 EUR* * For participants, who take the Full Cultural Programme (July 16-August 3, 2012) For more information please see our website: Contact: Birgit Kirsimägi


Registration Accommodation

On-line registration for all the courses will start in February 2012. An on-line application form will be available on Tallinn Summer School’s website Deadline for registration is June 1, 2012.

Tallinn Summer School will help to accommodate participants. Tallinn Summer School offers accommodation for approximately 90 students at Tallinn University’s student dormitory. The dormitory is located in the city centre, close to Old Town and only 5 minutes walk away from university campus. There are also other alternatives for arranging accommodation. Information will be available on the Tallinn Summer School website:


Tallinn University Tallinn Summer School Room: M-415 Uus-Sadama 5 10120 Tallinn, Estonia


Project Manager: Ms. Birgit Kirsimägi Telephone: +372 6409218 Fax: +372 6409118 E-mail:

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