Zoom in the Baltics: Summer School for Baltic Studies
2 weeks (80 hours)
Baltic States have been traditionally treated as a unit in terms of their geographic position, without going into detail about their individual qualities. They definitely share some similar points in history, flat and forested landscape and, as the name suggests, the proximity to the Baltic Sea. Moreover, they share difficult relations with the Soviet past, the “return” to Europe, the position in today’s world, and the challenges that might be awaiting them. However, each of them possesses different traditions, languages, and an individual social, economic and cultural development.
To ensure your immersion into the Baltic world, you will be exposed to a two-week-long experience that will reveal what the Baltics are all about. While this summer programme takes place in Kaunas, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be properly represented by professors from the respective countries as well.
The programme offers activities that introduce social, economic, political, cultural and historical aspects of the Baltic region, includes various field trips and hands-on tasks, and expects you to deliver a final project from the selected field of interest. You will also learn some Lithuanian phrases for survival, discover the treasures of Lithuania, and enjoy new facts from unexpected disciplines – all of this is meant to introduce the Baltic Region. Still remember the Singing Revolution? We are going to sing too! The programme will, among other things, shed some light on the following thematic fields: politics, economy, society and culture.
To familiarise foreign students with social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the Baltic region, combining their learning with rich cultural experience.
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Apply and improve their skills of intercultural communication by living in a multicultural environment;
- Comprehend the developmental processes of the Baltic region from both lectures and field activities;
- Apply their newly gained knowledge practically in the final project;
- Develop their skills of providing well-supported arguments in discussions on various issues;
- Consolidate knowledge gained during lectures in field trips and cultural activities in the authentic setting.