Utrecht, Tartu, Riga, Estonia

European Encounters: The Baltics in the European Union

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 12 EC
fee EUR 1850

Joint programme of Utrecht University, the University of Tartu, and the University of Latvia.

The aim of the course is to introduce the diversity and unity of European identities, the European Union, (shared) foreign policy and the new challenges ahead. The course will dive into the different and diverse identities that can be found in Europe. Estonia and Latvia share an intricate history of repressions and liberations. Learn about the history and identity of these countries and their connection to the European Union over the course of six inspiring and educational weeks. You will have a diverse and unforgettable experience in these three distinct yet interconnected programmes.

During the module of Utrecht University you will discover Europeans. Have you ever wondered what makes Europeans ‘European’? This course will uncover Europe’s cultural pluralism and examine its varied identities that still exist today; even though the majority of European countries are progressively collaborating on an economic and political level. Each of Europe’s countries and peoples still carry their own distinctive cultures, languages, political views, religions, and traditions. Overall, this course offers an introduction to Europe, a continent of great diversity.

During the University of Tartu module you will discuss the complicated relations between the EU and Russia. The course will try to explain the role of the main foreign policy actors and institutions in the EU and Russia, which are involved in shaping bilateral relations in contested aspects in EU-Russia relations (for example such as shared neighborhood and energy relations). The main focus will be on Russia: historical and institutional framework of EU-Russia relations; the place of the Baltic states in EU-Russia relations: NATO, the EU, and Baltic regional security; and the future perspectives on EU-Russia interactions and policy-making.

The third and the last module will be held by the University of Latvia. It offers a multidisciplinary course focusing on topical issues in a present day society. The course will give you an insight into the “big neighbour's” influence on the development of small countries like the Baltic states. Lectures will be divided into five main blocks covering the following areas: economics, sustainability and development, communication, culture and history, and cognitive sciences. You will explore topics like business ethics and corruption, humor as a communication tool, manipulation with social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, history and cultural heritage of Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences in Latvia, influence on music, etc.

Course leader

Joint programme of Utrecht University, the University of Tartu, and the University of Latvia.

Target group

The programme is open to all students from different fields of study with an interest in culture, society and politics.

Course aim

Introduce students to European Identities and provide insight into the historical and present contexts of the Baltic States.

Fee info

EUR 1850: Programme fee: €1850 includes tuition, virtual tours and social events, interactive walking tours and visits