Zoom in the Baltics

  • Start

    2018-07-29

  • price

    530 eur

  • Credit

    3 ECTS

  • time

    2 weeks

  • Language

    English

Field of study Interdisciplinary: History, Politics and Regional studies, Art studies
Duration 2 weeks
Application deadline Registration is closed.
Dates 29 July 2018 – 11 August 2018
Credits 3 ETCS
More info bsu@vdu.lt
Maximum number of students 35
Target Group Foreign students interested in the Baltic region.
Entry requirements There are no prerequisites for entering the course.
Short description Baltic States have been traditionally treated as a unit in terms of its geographic position without going into detail about their individual qualities. While they share some similar points in history, flat and forested landscape and, of course, as its name suggests, proximity to the Baltic Sea, each of them possesses different traditions, languages and, of course, their own social, economic and cultural challenges, its difficult relations with the Soviet past, “return” to Europe and their position in today’s world as well as the challenges that might wait ahead.

To ensure student immersion into the Baltic world, they 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, rest assured that Latvia and Estonia shall be properly represented by professors from their respective countries as well.

The programme will consist of activities that introduce the social, economic, political, cultural and historical aspects of the Baltic Region, include various field trips and hands-on tasks as well as the final project from your selected field of interest. You will also learn some survival Lithuanian phrases, enjoy the treasures of Lithuanian and some unexpected disciplines to learn about the Region (remember the Singing Revolution? We are going to sing!). The programme will, among other things will shed some light on the following thematic fields:

Politics, economy, society and culture

The courses will take a closer look at modus operandi of small states in international politics, and the case of the Baltic States, their democracies, identity and position between their neighbouring Nordic states and Russia. Students will also be introduced to social and economic aspects of the Baltics as well as the historical and contemporary developments of Baltic and especially Lithuanian art and culture. From innovative types and forms of the creative industries such as film, to the artistic representations embedded in the interwar ideas of nation building, the courses will outline the specific character of Lithuanian and Baltic art, its historical and socio-political contexts, connections with past and present, with memory and visions of the future as well as the sources of multinational influences and interconnections. Another part of summer courses will present a discussion of selected excerpts from contemporary literary texts of various genres, from canonical to popular, which use Baltic cities as their setting or/and reflect the complex multicultural city space.

An exciting module for World Lithuanians!

Baltic Summer University invites people of Lithuanian descent from all over the world to revive and stimulate their Lithuanian identity during the exciting period of celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lithuania’s restoration of independence. Can the time be more fitting to get in touch with your Lithuanian heritage, culture, family histories, and Lithuanian language?

The module is designed to experience, share and discuss the essential concerns:

  • What does it mean to be a Lithuanian in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia or elsewhere?
  • Is there a “World Lithuanian” identity?
  • How can Lithuanians all over the world be more united and cooperative?
  • What projects can be accomplished working together?

If you value your Lithuanian heritage or maintain close ties with Lithuanian communities, join us to savour our genuine Lithuanian nature in Lithuania.

Aim To familiarise foreign students with social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the Baltic region, combining their learning with rich cultural experience.
Learning outcomes 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.
Programme Structure Themes:

  • Politics and economy: history, diaspora and processes of democratisation.
  • Social transformations of the region: identity, gender, culture.
  • Art in the Baltic and Baltics in the art: music, architecture, theatre, literature, street art.
Fee 530 EUR (includes tuition, teaching material, social programme, trips, excursions, refreshments provided during the cultural evening and opening/closing ceremonies)