Riga, Latvia

Latvia: The Baltic States and its Neighboring Powers

online course
when 2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 400

In this course you will discover what happens when a small country has big neighbouring countries. How far do their influences stretch? Besides impacting the history and culture of a country, what other effects occur? You will explore topics such as business ethics and corruption, humour as a communication tool, manipulation of social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, influence of music, the history and cultural heritage of the Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences for Latvia.

The University of Latvia offers a multidisciplinary course that focuses on topical issues in a present day society. The course will provide insight on how the ‘big neighbors’ influence the development of small countries such as the Baltic States. Lectures will be divided into five blocks covering the following areas: economics, sustainability and development, communication, culture and history, and cognitive sciences.

You will explore topics such as business ethics and corruption, humour as a communication tool, manipulation of social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, the history and cultural heritage of the Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences for Latvia, influence on music, etc.

Students will be able to successfully complete the course and obtain 4 ECTS through submitting a paper within a month after the course ending.

This course is also part of a joint programme with the Utrecht University and the Summer University of Tartu: European Encounters.

Course leader

Dr. Inese Runce

Target group

The programme is designed for all students interested in the northern part of Europe focusing on the Baltic Sea Region. The course has a focus on social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.

Fee info

EUR 400: If you wish to stay in Latvia during this online course, please feel free to contact the course coordinator listed under 'more information'.

Information due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Due to the current situation and the restrictions, online participation from students residence country will be possible and digital tools will be used. Students who will be able to arrive to Riga, are welcome to come and to join a hybrid summer school where lectures, study visits, social and cultural activities will still be offered online. Some additional social and cultural activities will be offered on-site. Please note, on-site activities are not included in the price.

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