Faculty of Communications

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The study process at the Faculty of Communications is organised according to the so called module system, which is popular in Western Europe. This provides students with an opportunity to aquire a deeper understanding of their study courses: a maximum of three subjects are taught at one time, and examinations are taken at the completion of each study course. The small number of students in each group (no more than 25) ensures an ideal individual approach to each student.

Teaching takes place in Latvian and English, and students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of English, German, French or Spanish.

It has become a tradition for second year students to study abroad in other European universities, as part of the ERASMUS International Student Exchange Programme.

The Faculty of Communications comprises two departments.

Department of Communication Studies

fac communicationsThe Department of Communication Studies is open to students who wish to learn more about communication sciences, be educated in various academic areas and be trained to obtain skills necessary for an efficient and client-oriented process of public relations in the contemporary information society or to gain knowledge purposefully for the benefit of the practical media environment.

The following study programmes are offered by the Department of Communication Studies (see programme descriptions below):

  • Bachelor's study programme "Public Relations"
  • Bachelor's study programme "Journalism"
  • Bachelor's study programme "Multimedia Communication"
  • Master's study programme "Communication and Media Studies"
  • Master's study programme "Social Anthropology"
  • Master's study programme "Strategic Management and Public Relations"

Public Relations: study programme description

The Bachelor’s programme of Public Relations is open to students who wish to be educated in various academic areas and be trained to obtain various skills necessary for an efficient and client-oriented process of public relations in the contemporary information society.

Title of Study Programme:

Public Relations

Head of Study Programme:

Ruta Siliņa, MSc, Lecturer

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Communication Science

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to prepare professionals for the area of public relations in Latvia and other EU countries.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Provide students with theoretical knowledge in various subjects of communication science.
  • Ensure students with the principles and methods of public relations.
  • Introduce students with various other fields of the social sciences, e.g. economics, politics, sociology, etc.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Journalism: study programme description

The Bachelor’s programme of Journalism offers training of academically educated specialists who can use the acquired academic knowledge purposefully for the benefit of the practical media environment. The synthesis of academic and professional knowledge is the key to the advantages and uniqueness of the program.

Title of Study Programme:

Journalism

Head of Study Programme:

Anda Rožukalne, PhD, Lecturer

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Communication Science

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to ensure the training of highly qualified specialists for the media market of the EU and Latvia as well as for academic purposes, i.e. research and teaching improving the field of media by providing newly qualified experts.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Provide students with theoretical knowledge about various subjects of the communication sciences and methods of communication research.
  • Introduce students with the theory of journalism and practice in news and press agencies, electronic mass media and the Internet.
  • Encourage students to participate in international exchange programmes and gain experience during short-term academic visits to the universities of the EU and other European countries.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Multimedia Communication: study programme description

The study programme Multimedia Communication strives to train students who would become well-educated, highly skilled, competent and competitive multi-media experts, able to work professionally with versatile communication projects and messages. In this programme students have the opportunity to learn how to use multimedia resources in advertising, public relation projects and other areas of business and research.

Title of Study Programme:

Multimedia Communication

Head of Study Programme:

Anda Rožukalne, PhD, Lecturer

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Communication Science

Aim of Study programme:

Prepare academically trained and professionally qualified media professionals who would be trained to use a variety of media technologies and their expressions in various environments. Based on their theoretical knowledge and practical skills, graduates would be able to realise their ideas in different media of communication areas independently, critically and skilfully, and improve the use of media, research and consulting practice in Latvia and the European Union.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Provide students with information about multimedia communications and teach them skills to use multimedia technologies.
  • Provide students with understanding about the principles of media communication and the economics of mass media.
  • Teach the students to analyse and forecast communication processes in a wider context and learn to work in the field of multimedia communication.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Communication and Media Studies: Master's study programme description

The academic Master’s programme of Communication and Media Studies is open to individuals who wish to learn more about the communication, journalism, PR advertising, social networks in the context of social change and acquire skills to pursue independent research as media and public relation experts.

Title of Study Programme:

Communication and Media Studies

Head of Study Programme:

Ilva Skulte, PhD (Ling), Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

4 semesters, 2 years, 120 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Master’s degree of Social Sciences in Information and Communication Sciences

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to ensure the acquirement of more profound theoretical knowledge on public communications as well as to acquire skills in the practical application of research methods in the research of specific social problems related to media and communication.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Train academically educated specialists in social sciences, capable to apply independently the acquired theoretical knowledge and draw on their communication research skills in solving issues on ad hoc basis.
  • Enhance the competitive advantages of the communication new specialists both in the local and European labour markets, the advantages being based on excellent theoretical knowledge and high skills in the analyses of communication in the fields of media, public relations and social networks.
  • Provide students with cutting edge knowledge in communication theories and social research methods by concentrating on new theoretical ideas in research and original ways of solving topical communication problems in Latvia and other European countries.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 1, 2 or 4 weeks; usually amounting to 6-10 classes (4 lectures and 2 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is attendance of lectures, participation and the quality of answers in seminars and tests, the writing and defence of the theoretical report or empiric observation.

Social Anthropology: Master's study programme description

The Master’s programme in Social Anthropology is designed for students who wish to acquire advanced academic knowledge in social anthropology. The programme prepares students for carrying out academic research and engaging in solving practical problems. Upon completion of the programme students will be able either to participate in international job market for social anthropologists or continue their education at the level of PhD.

Title of Study Programme:

Social Anthropology

Head of Study Programme:

Mārtiņš Boiko, PhD, Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

4 semesters, 2 years, 120 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Master’s degree of Social Sciences in Social Anthropology

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to prepare experts of social anthropology in accordance with international standards of social anthropology, able to research and solve practical problems.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Improve and develop knowledge in the evaluation and analysis of cultural processes in the society in accordance with research goals and defined methods of acquiring, processing, analysing and interpreting the data.
  • Acquire deeper knowledge about various societies and cultures in the global context by developing skills to analyse social processes critically and comparatively.
  • Improve knowledge about writing of a scientific thesis, developing critical thinking; improving skills to carry out research in social anthropology and acquiring skills in critical thinking and presentation.

Assessment methods:

The master’s programme in Social Anthropology has adapted a partial module system. Each semester students usually have two courses that run throughout the semester and several five-week long courses. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, performing group research and fieldwork, passing tests and exams.

Strategic Management and Public Relations: Master's study programme description

The Master’s programme of Strategic Management and Public Relations is open to students who wish to be educated for future leading positions in the management of large enterprises and positions in the civil service.

Title of Study Programme:

Strategic Management and Public Relations

Head of Study Programme:

Deniss Hanovs, PhD (Art), Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

4 semesters, 2 years, 120 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Master’s degree of Social Sciences in Information and Communication Sciences

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to prepare professionals for the area of strategic management and public relations for the civil service in Latvia and other countries of the European Union.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Prepare academically educated experts in the social sciences who can independently apply the acquired knowledge and research methods to solve specific problems in the fields of public relations and strategic management.
  • Enhance the competitiveness of strategic management and public relations experts in the labour market of Latvia as well as the European Union. The competitiveness should be based on current theoretical conclusions of the field’s developmental policy, a high level of skills in the management of public relations, media and marketing.
  • Ensure students with knowledge of communication theories and methods of social research, additional emphasis granting on new theoretical approaches to public relations and strategic management in Latvia and the EU.
  • Develop a creative and critical thinking in the fields of strategic management and public relations.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Department of Sociology

board00wrThe Department of Sociology is open to students who wish to acquire knowledge useful not only to sociologists but anyone working with the acquiring, processing, analysing of information in state, municipal, private and non-governmental organisations, emphasising the importance of presentation skills and practical application in the decision making process.

Students of the programme Sociology of Organisation and Management can gain theoretical and practical knowledge that will serve as the basis for further studies in related Master’s degree programmes as well as the basis for professional work in various state, municipal and private enterprises, institutions and agencies.

The following study programmes are offered by the Department of Sociology (see programme descriptions below):

  • Bachelor's study programme "Sociology"
  • Bachelor's study programme "Sociology of Organisation and Management"
  • Bachelor's study programme "Psychology"

Sociology: study programme description

The Bachelor’s programme of Sociology is open to students who wish to acquire knowledge useful not only to sociologists but anyone working with the acquiring, processing, analysing of information in state, municipal, private and NGO institutions, emphasising the importance of presentation skills and practical application in the decision making process.

Title of Study Programme: Sociology
Head of Study Programme:

Anda Laķe, MsocSc, Lecturer

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Sociology

Aim of Study Programme:

The aim of the programme is to prepare experts corresponding to the requirements of the EU labour market, which have acquired theoretical and methodological basics of sociology and are prepared for further studies in Master’s degree programmes.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Provide students with knowledge in the classic and contemporary sociological theories, acquainting them with the methodology of investigation and analysis of social problems.
  • Give students an insight into the structure of societies (including the society of Latvia), its functioning and developmental regularities; social processes, changes and their character.
  • Acquaint students with theoretical and practical conclusions of sciences related to sociology and their use.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Sociology of Organisation and Management: study programme description

The Bachelor’s programme of Sociology of Organisation and Management is open to students who wish to gain theoretical and practical knowledge that would serve as the basis for further studies in related Master’s degree programmes as well as the basis for professional work in various state, municipal and private enterprises, institutions and agencies.

Title of Study Programme: Sociology of Organisation and Management
Head of Study Programme:

Ritma Rungule, PhD, Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Sociology

Aim of Study Programme:

The aim of the programme is to prepare academically well-educated and professionally qualified specialists in the area of organisational and management sociology, corresponding with the requirements of the Bachelor’s level and European labour market.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Provide students with knowledge of classic and contemporary theories of sociology, emphasising the dimension of sociological analysis of organisations and management.
  • Acquaint students with methodology of sociological research and analysis of organisational functioning problems and implementation of successful management.
  • Help students develop an understanding of the types and structures of organisations, specifics of their management and decision making in the global environment, characterising specifics of supranational (EU), state, municipal and private sector organisations and possibilities for their sociological research both theoretically and empirically.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Communications the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.

Psychology: study programme description

The Bachelor’s programme of Psychology is open to students who wish to train and prepare themselves for the professional work as a psychologist’s assistant able to work under the supervision of a psychologist.

Title of Study Programme: Pscychology
Head of Study Programme:

Sandra Mihailova, PhD (Psych), Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

8 semesters, 4 years, 240 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Psychology

Aim of Study Programme:

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the possibility to acquire basic professional education in psychology, emphasising the work in healthcare.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Present the students with a possibility to obtain theoretical knowledge in basic branches of psychology and other areas important in the professional work of a psychologist’s assistant, and develop skills in application of the acquired knowledge in practical work.
  • Develop skills and attitudes necessary in practical work in compliance with the professional standard of a psychologist’s assistant, emphasising the work in a clinic in order to be able to work under the supervision of a psychologist.

Assessment methods:

An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays, passing tests and exams.