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  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 1.7k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    Description

    With the global demand for development specialists, the International Politics and Development Studies program, being one of the rare BA level programs of its kind in Europe (and practically sole in Eastern Europe) is unique in that it, in addition to providing classical Political Science education, lays fundamentals of development theories and practice, all this with a focus on one of the developing regions. Currently, the Program covers the Middle East and former Soviet Union but is foreseen to expand to include Latin America. In connection with this, students are given the opportunity to study one of the area languages (such as Arabic, Turkish and Russian) for four semesters. During their studies, students are required to do internship at relevant institutions, something that enhances their practical skills and ability to put theory into practice.

    As the program is physically set in Lithuania, through its teaching staff as well as students it ingeniously combines the Western European expertise and Eastern European experiences.

    Competencies Acquired

    Upon the completion of the International Politics and Development Studies program, graduates shall be able to:

    • explain the historical and international contexts of developing countries and regions and predict their development prospects;
    • critically assess mutual relations between political actors, economic and business structures and the media in the political systems of developing countries;
    • compare socio-political processes in developing countries and regions;
    • analyze legal and programmatic aspects of the EU and other international system participants in providing assistance to countries and regions in the developing world;
    • consider the practical tasks and problems of developing countries and regional policies, suggesting ways they may be resolved in local and international contexts;
    • initiate, prepare and execute various political, social, economic and information projects;
    • apply methodological tools and theoretical approaches in policy analysis and in practice.

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of the International Politics and Development Studies program will be able to work as either analysts, political advisors, or project managers in:

    • EU, UN and other international organizations and institutions;
    • national public sector institutions;
    • national and international non-governmental organizations;
    • media and other public information agencies,
    • research centers, think tanks, public opinion and political research institutions.

    Alternatively, they may further pursue their studies in more specialized Master’s programs in political science and other social sciences or humanities.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline March 31; July 20 Tuition fee
    • EUR 1700 Year (Non-EEA)

    Application fee – 172,64 / 50 EUR.

    Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 240 ECTS

    One year of studies is equal to 60 ECTS credits, divided to 30 per semester

    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible

    Course Content

    I semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Introduction to Development Studies
    • Political Systems
    • International Relations and Governance

    II semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
    • Development Politics and Strategies of International Organizations
    • Human Rights and Democratization

    III semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Public Policy Process
    • Regional Development
    • Micro and Macro Economics
    • Courses of A, B and D groups

    IV semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Social Research Methodology
    • Civic Empowerment and Mobilization
    • Diplomacy and International Law
    • Courses of A, B and D groups

    V semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Comparative Politics
    • Theories of Social Transformation
    • International Political Economy
    • Political Communication
    • Development and Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union

    OPTIONAL COURSES

    • Analytic and Academic Writing
    • Globalization and International Communication
    • Migration Policy and Ethnic Relations in Modern State

    VI semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Politics of Post-Soviet States
    • Conflict Resolution in Developing Countries
    • NGO and Philanthropy

    OPTIONAL COURSES

    • Welfare State: Theory and Practice
    • Critical Inquiry
    • Political Process and Participation
    • Macroeconomics of the Developing Countries
    • Small and Middle Sized States in the International Context
    • Russia’s Domestic and Foreign Policy
    • International Cooperation in the Black Sea Region
    • Domestic and Foreign Policy of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

    VII semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Politics of the Middle Eastern and North African States
    • Project Planning and Implementation
    • Politics of Minorities
    • Sociology of State Development
    • Orientalism and Cultural Awareness
    • Foreign Policy of Great Powers in the Middle East
    • Revivalist Islam and Politics
    • Energy Politics in European Neighbourhood
    • Israeli Studies

    VIII semester

    COMPULSORY COURSES

    • Internship
    • Bachelor Thesis

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    Requirements

    Applicants for International Politics and Development Studies programme should have a secondary school diploma or equivalent degree and abilities to speak, read and write in English.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    • Domestic students: $ 565 / Semester
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