In this course you will discover what happens when a small country has big neighbouring countries. How far do their influences stretch? Besides impacting the history and culture of a country, what other effects occur? You will explore topics such as business ethics and corruption, humour as a communication tool, manipulation of social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, influence of music, the history and cultural heritage of the Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences for Latvia.
The University of Latvia offers a multidisciplinary course that focuses on topical issues in a present day society. The course will provide insight on how the ‘big neighbors’ influence the development of small countries such as the Baltic States. Lectures will be divided into five blocks covering the following areas: economics, sustainability and development, communication, culture and history, and cognitive sciences.
You will explore topics such as business ethics and corruption, humour as a communication tool, manipulation of social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, the history and cultural heritage of the Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences for Latvia, influence on music, etc.
Outside the lectures, students will have ample opportunity to partake in the social programme and visit study-related companies.
Students will be able to successfully complete the course and obtain 4 ECTS through submitting a paper within a month after the course ending.
This course is also part of a joint programme with the Utrecht University and the Summer University of Tartu: European Encounters.
If the course cannot take place face-to-face it will be offered digitally.
The programme is designed for all students interested in the northern part of Europe focusing on the Baltic Sea Region. The course has a focus on social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.
Full time course: lectures, seminars and self-study.
Course fee includes public transport in Riga, course materials, excursions and field trips.
Extra information about housing
You will be housed in the Prima student hotel. The housing fee for a single room is € 210.00 for 2 weeks. If you want to, you can also stay in a double room for € 140.00 for 2 weeks. You will be placed with a student of your own gender. If you prefer the double room please write this in your motivation when you are applying. We will then add the discount to your application.
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