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Cultural Competences

Definition: Focus fields are areas of activity that connect different research fields and work with the key issues in the society rather than studies or academic research.


"We have all seen the way children are enchanted by the stories we read to them, but we are just starting to notice the stories and cultural constructions that adults are enchanted by." Tõnu Viik, Director of the School of Humanities

Focus Field: Cultural Competences

Aim: To promote coping in an open and multicultural world.

Philosophy: The University is expected to increasingly share knowledge of being richer, more capable, interesting and smart - give us the tools to better understand ourselves and our cultural environment, learn to know other cultures and cope with them.

Speaking different languages is just one example of cultural competences, but we also wish to be able to notice the  mechanics of culture in all areas of life, starting with cityscapes and all the way to creating collective myths.

We wish to understand how history is made, what supports our convictions, how do we create our personal identity by telling stories of ouserlves, and where do the goals we believe in, the ways we work, live or love and the choices we value come from. We wish to understand why and by which artificial techniques fictive worlds are created and why do they enchant us.

At the same time understanding and knowing such processes gives us the chance to not only be a passive subject, but an active designes of these processes.

  • Structural Unit: School of Humanities
  • Centre of Excellence: Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies