Objective(s) of a study programme:
The programme aims to prepare qualified and motivated for the professional activity EU international relations specialists, which will be able critically assess EU international relations and their different dimensions, will know legal, diplomatic and economic instruments which are applied in the EU international relations as well as be able to implement and assess their content; acting in multicultural environment will be able apply acquired knowledge and skills defining relations between EU and neighbouring countries as well as remote regions.
1. Specific study results
1.1. Knowledge and its application:
Know the principles of EU’s institutions functioning, the processes of law-making, able to assess modern challenges of law-making which are implicated by international processes as well as able to evaluate the interrelation of the EU decision making with the political decision making of neighbouring countries, other regions or international institutions.
Able critically assess and solve political problems concerned with EU’s international relations with neighbouring countries or other regions.
Understand and critically evaluate the impact of European economic integration and EU’s internal policies functioning to the global market; able to identify and solve EU’s macroeconomic problems in the internal and international market.
Critically assess the nature of international relations in Europe after the World War II as well as demonstrate knowledge about the tendencies of development of international systems and global structure of power.
1.2. Specific skills:
Able critically assess the influence of political and economic transformations, which rises in Europe and neighbouring countries, for the development of international relations.
Able to comment and applying the principles of EU law, provide suggestions for the development of legal, political and economic documents, which regulate the specificity of EU’s international relations.
Able to identify, professionally discuss and prognosticate the development and perspectives of EU international relations, make the comparative analysis, interpret the trends of EU international relations, which are actual in different national environments.
Able to define and select appropriate topics for the discussions on questions of EU international relations as well as EU’s position strengthening in the global market.
Able propose political decisions, which are concerned with the development of EU’s international relations in the global context.
While knowing the specificity of EU internal market functioning, able forecast the tendencies of EU’s political and economic development in the World.
Able to apply the activity of different organisations for their development in the EU internal and foreign market; able to make diplomatic decisions maintaining international relations with neighbouring countries.
1.3. Ability to make research:
Compose a methodology for the research; plan, organize and make up the scientific and applied research while defining and analysing specificity of EU international relations.
Able to collect and choose reliable sources of information, documents, scientific works for the theoretical analysis as well as able to select methods of information collection, systemisation and analysis; apply modern technologies for data analysis.
Prepare reviews and recommendations concerning questions of implementation of EU International Relations and EU Internal and External Policies.
2. General Study Results
2.1. Social Skills:
Explain information (in written and oral form) in a logic and argumentative manner, criticize in a constructive manner, positively react to the criticism, propose knowledge-based conclusions for professionals and other audience, have excellent communication skills.
Motivate themselves and others for successful activity, to work individually and in the multicultural groups, plan and organise team working;
2.2. Personal Skills:
Discuss and provide argumentations for own attitudes, standpoint, and position, criticise constructively and positively react to criticism.
Choose the personal development direction in different fields (scientific or practise);
Generalize presumptions and consequences of different processes.
Think strategically while evaluating consequences and complexity of decisions concerned with political, economic and multicultural processes, which manifests in Europe and the World.
Activities of teaching and learning:
Material of the study module is gained both by activity in auditorium and individual work. Activity in auditorium includes lectures, discussions, debates, presentations, consultation seminars, recommended readings, group research project, case study, practical tasks. Individual work is comprised by study of theoretical material, preparation for lectures, group research and practical work, midterms and exam. It also includes preparation of homework, projects and other activities.
Study programme is accomplished by final master degree project.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Knowledge, abilities and skills, that the student will acquire during the course of the programme, are graded and registered to databases twice: during the evaluation of the student‘s independent work (positive or negative grade) and during the exam session (grade in ten-point scale).
The final degree project is defended in the public session of the studies’ branch qualification committee.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The future graduates of this study programme study: European Union International Relations and Diplomacy; Evolution of International Relations in Europe After World War II; Legal Challenges of European Union External Relations; Cross-Cultural Communication and Negotiations; European Union Internal Policies in Global Context; Institutional Aspects of European Union International Relations; European Union External Economic Relations; Research Project on European Union Partnership. In total, 12 subjects are studied in the programme.
The practice is provided in the study programme as alternative for one of forecasted modules in the second semester.
During the second semester, there is a possibility to select internship (6 credits) instead of one module (6 credits) (they are delivered in cyclic system: one module lasts for 4 weeks). According to the separate agreement there is a possibility to select and internship, and module which would be delivered in distance method.
Distinctive features of a study programme:
The study programme is delivered in foreign language (English).
The Programme is implemented by highly qualified lectures and practicians from the Lithuania‘s and foreign universities as well as by representatives of EU and international organisations; the students has a great possibility of internship in different institutions and organisations.
Visits to EU‘s and other international organisations are forecasted.
Starting the first semester students have a great possibility select a state or region as the object of scientific and practical research. The problems of selected object and EU international relations will be analysed during all studies period. The internship place can be selected in accordance with selected research object (state, region, institution, or organisation).
Modules in the second semester are delivered in cyclic system. One module lasts for 4 weeks, ends by exam.
During the second semester, students can select Internship together with module Research Project on European Union Partnerships, which would be delivered in distance method. In a such solution, additional tuition fee would be applied (37,37 Euro per 1 credit. In total – 224,22 Euro).
Students are offered an opportunity to do an internship at the national or international institution of their choice. Although voluntary, such an internship will be reflected in the diploma’s annex.