Political Science - Riga Stradiņš University

Political Science

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The Master’s programme of Political Science helps to acquire knowledge in political science, which may be further applied in research. The Master’s degree envisages a profound knowledge in the domain of political science and enables one to orientate in the academic discourse and discuss issues amongst professionals and non-professionals. Having obtained this degree, graduates are able to continue further education for their PhD degree, as they can independently, systematically and critically formulate and analyse complicated scientific problems.

Title of Study Programme:

Political Science

Head of Study Programme:

Valters Ščerbinskis, PhD (Hist), Assistant 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 Political Science

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to acquire theoretical knowledge and research skills, preparing students for independent scientific work in the chosen branch of science. Additionally, the aim of the programme is to prepare highly qualified specialists in the field of political science, who can apply contemporary theories of political science in the analysis of specific issues, and who are able to carry out scientific studies and apply their knowledge in research and practical work.

Main objectives of  Study Programme:

  • Teach students to analyse political processes at a higher level and render theoretical knowledge of research theories and methods in politics, their varieties and connection with other disciplines.
  • Teach students to carry out independent scientific studies based on contemporary methodological and methodical principles, preparing them for further studies for the PhD degree, forming a positive motivation in relation to obtaining a scientific degree.
  • Acquire profound knowledge and additional understanding about complicated aspects of politics and develop their critical thinking, and the ability to forecast the development of political processes.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of European Studies, the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 20 classes (5 lectures and 15 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 and excellence of answers in seminars, presentation of reports on individual projects, quality of written assignments, passing of tests and exams.

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