International Relations and Development Studies program aims at training broadly informed, globally minded, socially and culturally sensitive, ethically and civically responsible and engaged political science bachelors.
Objective(s) of a study programme:
1. Provide students with theoretical knowledge needed to understand, explain, critically analyze and evaluate local, national, and international events, policies, ideas, the role of institutions and various actors, and their practices in international cooperation, especially the field of development.
2. Train competent graduates who are able to employ a range of tools and skills that are necessary in order to independently conduct research, successfully manage development projects, and formulate and implement international development policies.
3. Develop a multicultural competence, the ability to evaluate political events and development issues in a global context through cultural and linguistic diversity on campus, intercultural education, a study semester and/or experiential learning in another country.
4. Train ethically and civically responsible and engaged graduates.
1.1 Students will demonstrate knowledge and a conceptual understanding of main political processes and events, theories of political science and international relations, the development and change of political thought.
1.2 Students will understand main issues and trends in international relations, conflict resolution, and social change.
1.3 Students will identify and assess different approaches to development, development cooperation policies, priorities and main actors.
2.1 Students will be able to construct and evaluate arguments, write and present in a clear and effective manner.
2.2 Students will be able to devise basic research designs, choose appropriate research methodology and independently carry out studies.
2.3 Students will apply conflict-resolution and negotiation skills in professional and other every-day activities.
2.4 Students will master basic project management skills including scheduling, budgeting, and personnel management.
2.5 Students will be able to perform multidimensional analysis of political processes and events, conflicts, development contexts, and economic factors.
3.1 Students will be able to communicate and act in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
3.2 Students will develop cross-cultural awareness, including respect for their own cultural heritage, and a discerning appreciation of cultural diversity.
3.3 Students will understand the global dimensions of development issues and will be able to evaluate political events in a global context.
4.1 Students will be able to apply moral principles, Christian and professional ethics to contemporary political and social issues.
4.2. Students will be able to plan and organize activities for development work in public, non-governmental and private (business) sector organizations to improve cooperation.
4.3 Students will have an understanding about how to contribute to the development of civil society.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
Multiple assessment measures are used to ensure students’ movement toward the established course and program outcomes. Diagnostic, formative and summative assessments are used for different types of program elements. Diagnostic assessment includes placement tests which are used for instance for assessing language abilities, computer and other proficiencies. Formative assessment tools are used to assess in-class assignments and independent tasks (e.g. presentations, response and research papers, article summaries, tests, group projects). Summative assessment tools are used for final course assessment (e.g. final exams and portfolio in practicum), thesis. 10 point grade scale is used, a final grade is determined based on the percentage of total points earned during a course.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
The program consists of 51 ECTS of core courses, min. 165 ECTS in the major, min. 21 ECTS of elective coursework. Core curriculum consists of academic writing, studies of rhetoric and communication, sociology, information and communication technology, literature, worldview and Christian faith, and Lithuanian language studies. International Relations and Development program coursework includes the study of political science, international relations, economics, public speaking, negotiation, history of Western civilizations, peace and conflict studies, international development, political economy, international law, project management, moral philosophy, research methods, political or intercultural communication, language and culture studies. Students need to complete a practicum , and a final thesis.
Conflict transformation studies
A student may choose a specialized module in conflict transformation and/or electives in the major (27-30 credits), e.g.political philosophy, EU studies, civil society and philanthropy, leadership. Students should also choose electives/modules outside the major (21-24 credits)
Distinctive features of a study programme:
The study programme is offered in English; students have to complete a semester of studies or practical work abroad.
Access to professional activity or further study:
Access to professional activity:
A bachelor in political science may seek employment
in public institutions, political organizations, diplomatic missions, local and international non-governmental organizations, their coalitions and confederations, international cooperation organizations and research institutes, humanitarian and international aid providers and agencies, the departments of public sector organizations coordinating development cooperation activities, human rights organizations, social and corporate responsibility departments in the business sector. Depending on the type of organization and activities, graduates, for instance can work as analysts, commentators, coordinators, managers and/or project leaders.
Access to further study:
Program graduates will be prepared for further studies in political science subfields and related social science programs, eg. political sicence, international relations, political economy, comparative politics, regional studies and international development, public policy, administration and/or management of public and non-governmental organizations. They may also pursue studies in some interdisciplinary graduate studies, e.g. global studies, also in humanities.