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Programme code 45222
Field of study Language and Culture Studies, Native Language Studies and Language Programmes
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Obtainable degree Master's degree of Humanities in Baltic Sea Region Studies
Access to further studies Access to Doctoral Studies
Programme director Valdis Muktupāvels
Credits 80 KP or 120 ECTS
Study duration full-time
4 Semesters
Tuition fee starting Autumn semester, 2019 Tuition fee per year - 2000 EUR
Number of students accepted each year Autumn semester 2019
State -funded study places- 10
Autumn semester 2019
Study places for tuition fee - 15
Minimum number of students - 10
Start of studies Autumn 2019
Language of instruction English
Annotation

This is a two-year programme providing an excellent opportunity to obtain an interdisciplinary Master`s degree in Baltic Sea region issues. The programme offers education in humanities and several social and environmental disciplines, focusing on the Baltic Sea region countries. The programme is set up in cooperation with three partner universities: the University of Turku in Finland, the University of Tartu in Estonia and Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania. The programmes are compatible, and this partnership enables student mobility within the programme.


Programme courses

The following thematic lines are offered: research methods, Baltic Sea region societies, environment and sustainable development, policy and human rights, arts and media, cultural history and minorities.


Study period and classes time

The full-time degree programme covers two academic years. Classes are in the evenings of working days from 6.15pm till 9.30pm.

Aim and tasks of the study programme

The overall aim of the Baltic Sea region studies is to give wide competence in humanities, social and environmental sciences related to the Baltic Sea region countries.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • to give and to broaden the scope of academic knowledge and practical competence;
  • to relate theoretical models and their practical implementation to concrete phenomena and processes of the Baltic Sea region;
  • to develop the ability to identify, analyze, evaluate and foresee the basic development tendencies in the environmental, cultural, social, economical spheres;
  • to form research work skills, with the orientation towards topical phenomena and processes, linked to the Baltic sea region;
  • to practice multidisciplinary or interregional comparison of various social and cultural phenomena and processes;
  • to develop the ability to formulate research topics, related to the multi-disciplinary research of the Baltic region;
  • to position the development of the Baltic sea region countries in European and global context;
  • based on the cultural and social peculiarities of the Baltic space, to develop the understanding of the identity and tolerance issues in the multi-cultural world.
Learning outcomes of the study programme

The study programme is generally aimed at the following results:

  • to prepare qualified analysts with special knowledge in the Baltic Sea region,
  • to prepare experts with deep knowledge about cultural, social, economical etc. development processes in the Baltic Sea region,
  • to prepare researchers who would carry on research and thus strengthen the scholarly cooperation in the Baltic region,
  • to prepare candidates for doctoral studies,
  • to educate students as conscientious members of society, who are open to science and culture and who have competence in the market of modern technologies and service.
Job opportunities

The graduates of the Baltic Sea Region Studies programme work at various state, non-governmental and private institutions, such as government institutions, diplomatic structures, representative offices of international organizations, e. g. the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, European Council, etc., international organizations which have interests in the Baltic region, such as institutions of higher education and scientific research.

The graduates of the Master’s programme obtain qualifications to continue their academic research in doctorate studies.

Admission requirements

Bachelor‘s degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education


 

English language proficiency


Enrollment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)

1. The grade obtained in final Bachelor’s exam or the average grade obtained in final exams (40%);

2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (60%).

Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.

Baltic Sea Region Studies   80
Mandatory part   70
Mandatory part   50
Vēst5150 The Aspects of Baltic Sea Region Cultural History Exam 4
LitZ5140 Literature of the Nations Around the Baltic Sea Exam 4
SDSK5138 Baltic Sea Region and Population Exam 4
MākZ5007 Baltic Music Exam 4
Ekon5031 Economics of the Baltic States Exam 4
Vēst5078 Cultural Aspects of Ethnic Minorities in the Baltics Exam 4
Demo5000 Global and regional demographic challenges Exam 4
Ģeog5005 Baltic Sea Region Geography Exam 2
VidZ5030 Sustainable Development in the Baltic Sea Region Exam 2
Soci5053 Anthropology of postsocialism Exam 4
Vēst5183 Regional and local cultures in the Baltics Exam 4
Valo5556 Language policy in the Baltic Sea Region states Exam 4
Final examination   20
SDSK6006 Master Thesis Master`s Thesis 20
Restricted elective courses   10
Soci5094 Audio-Visual Media in the Baltic Sea Region Exam 4
Peda5026 Developments in Education in the Context of the Baltic Sea Region Exam 2
VadZ5218 Sustainable Tourism Development and Product Management Exam 4
Additional courses in civil and environment protection   1
Ķīmi1059 Civil protection Test 1
Science sector Other
EKI level 7
Programme practical realization

Acknowledged methods of studies are used in the process of studies – mostly lectures, seminars and group work. The students are motivated to do individual work. In that way students are preparing for carrying out their research independently.

Up-to-date presentation methods are used in the study process. The lectures are prepared using computer presentation methods. The tutors are using also audio and video equipment according to the necessity. The computer class is at students` disposal, Internet is used widely and it is available also in the Reading Room of the Humanities.

      The e-versions of study courses were prepared in English in Moodle setting. Every e-version course has a description, course materials (texts, pictures, video and audio), literature, dictionary, tests and other tools of assessment, communication tools and a course calendar. The study courses are available for full- time and part-time students.

      The academic staff members who are involved in the programme participate actively in the research projects. The participation helps in updating and improving the study courses, supplementing them with recent scientific conclusions and methods. Using creative findings in the study process strengthens the authority of the teaching staff and promotes developing personal contacts between the academic staff and students. Due to the published research, students can read most materials already before the classes, facilitating the transition from lectures to seminars. The interdisciplinary character of the programme ensures involving academic staff of different branches and sub-branches of science in the realization of the programme.

Rating system

Evaluating students` independent work regularly and objectively is important for ensuring qualitative realization of the programme. Therefore, the authors of the study courses have chosen the evaluation methods that correspond to the specific character and study objectives of the particular study course.

      The total evaluation of students` independent work consists of the evaluation of reports, seminars, tests, analysis of theoretical literature and the master paper. Accomplishment of the formal demands and positive evaluation allows the students to obtain credit points for the particular study course. The objective of the evaluation system is to facilitate independent work, enduring knowledge and well-grounded results of students` work. The results of the studies in all probations are assessed according to the 10 point scale, corresponding with the regulations of the cabinet of the Republic of Latvia on the standard of the higher education.

Programme price

Yearly programme costs per student correspond to the tuition fee given above.