International Relations – European Studies

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The Bachelor’s programme of International Relations – European Studies is open to foreign exchange students who wish to learn more about the geopolitics of the Baltic region. The Department of Political Science offers several courses on comparative Post-Soviet politics and Baltic politics, including ethnopolitics and ethnic issues in international relations, as well as a theoretical course in foreign policy analysis.

Title of Study Programme:

International Relations – European Studies

Head of Study Programme:

Māris Cepurītis, MscPol, 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 International Relations

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to convey theoretical and practical knowledge about international relations as well as to ensure that students have mastered the theoretical and methodological basics in political science to prepare them for studies at the Master’s level.

Main objectives of  Study Programme:

  • Convey knowledge about classical and contemporary theories of international politics and introduce students with various policy analysis methods as well as theoretical and practical questions related to other sciences (economy, law, etc.).
  • Create an understanding about the structure, functioning and development of the society as well as the political processes of the world and Latvia.
  • Help develop skills to approach empirical political processes and events analytically by encouraging students to do independent scientific research grounded on modern methodical and methodological principles.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of European Studies, 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, seminars, writing essays, passing tests and exams.