DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000046

Politics and culture of Lithuania

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Audronė Janužytė (audrone_januzyte@mruni.eu)

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Audronė Janužytė

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The aim of the course is to examine the politics and culture of Lithuania. The main emphasis of the course is on Lithuania’s position in the international community and its relations with the neighbouring countries: Russia (Soviet Union), Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and the Scandinavian countries. Nevertheless the course also introduces the relations with the other East European countries during the different periods of the centuries. The course highlights the Lithuanian politics of the First Republic (1918–1940) and international situation of Lithuania during the First Soviet, Nazi, and the Second Soviet occupations (1940–1990). The course also deals with the national popular movement “Sajudis” and restoration of Independence as well as politics and culture of the Second Republic of Lithuania (1990–2015). Much attention is given in the course to foreign policy, economy, social policy, education and culture.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Students (are expected to) have the following competences: 1) are able deepen their knowledge of politics and culture of Lithuania; 2) are able analyse and think critically on the political, economic, and socio-cultural factors which have influences on the development of statehood of Lithuania during the different periods of the centuries; 3) are able to analyse and critically assess the experience of foreign policy of Lithuania as well as to make presentation regarding the interests of foreign and external policies of Lithuania in the Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus; and 4) are able to analyse and discuss the main economical, social, educational and cultural issues in Lithuania as well as to make presentation regarding the the strengths and weaknesses in politics of Lithuania.

The teaching / learning process is organized in lectures, seminars, problem posing, learning through interaction, discussions, case studies, individual assignments, presentations, peer review of colleagues outgiving, deliberation, individual research, e-learning in Moodle environment and excursions.

Students’ achievements are assessed using the 10-point grading scale on the basis of the criteria, methods, and procedures presented in Mykolas Romeris University Study Rules and Regulations. Assessment methods: questioning (frontal and individual) and assessment of individual presentation.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Concepts of the formation of Balts; Religion and mythology of Baltic; Consolidation of the Baltic tribes; Land of Lithuania: what does “Lithuania” mean? Adaptation of Christianity; Lithuanian Calendar Festivals. Study tour: Old Vilnius

2

3

5

6

Analysis of special literature, problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving, e-learning in Moodle environment, individual assignment for excursion

2. Statehood of Lithuania (13th–18th C.): Kingdom of Lithuania, Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Lithuanian-Polish state. Lithuanian international and foreign politics from the 13thuntil the beginning of 19th centuries.

2

2

4

6

Problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving, e-learning in Moodle environment

3. Nationalism in Lithuania: nation, national identity and national ideals. The formation of the modern nation and nation-state. Lithuanian art. Seminar-excursion: National M. K. Čiurlionis Art museum in Kaunas

2

8

10

12

Problem posing, case study, discussions, individual assignment for excursion

4. Politics of Lithuania in 1918–1940. Lithuania’s position in the international community and its relations with the neighbouring countries: Russia (Soviet Union), Germany, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and the Scandinavian countries. Politics of Lithuania during the interwar period (foreign policy, economy, social policy, education and culture). Modern architecture. Seminar-excursion: Kaunas – provisional capital of Lithuania

2

7

9

12

Problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment, individual assignment for excursion

5. Lithuania during the Soviet and Nazi occupations (1940–1990). Consequence of Molotov-Ribbentrop pacts to the Baltic States; The First Soviet occupation in 1940–1941; Nazi German occupation in 1941–1944. Holocaust; The Second Soviet occupation: Mass Deportations 1944–1953; Armed anti-Soviet resistance 1944–1953; Unarmed anti-Soviet resistance 1950’s–1980’s; Ideology and propaganda of Soviet regime; The Catholic Church and its struggle for liberty of human rights; The assistance of West democracy to the dissident movement; Soviet culture and soviet lifestyle. Seminar–excursion: The Museum of Genocide and Victims

2

3

5

12

Problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving, e-learning in Moodle environment, individual assignment for excursion

6. The national popular movement “Sajūdis” in Lithuania in 1987–1990; The assistance of West European countries to Lithuania; The national self-determination of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania; The re-establishment of Lithuanian statehood in 1990. Seminar-excursion: Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania.

2

3

5

20

Problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving, e-learning in Moodle environment, individual assignment for excursion

7. Politics of the Second Republic of Lithuania (1990–2016):
Democratisation process in Lithuania; The formation of political parties and civil society.
Foreign and security policy of Lithuania: NATO‘s enlargement into East Europe: case study on Lithuania. The integration into the European Union: Case study on negotiations between Lithuania and the EU.
The possibilities of Lithuania to take more active part in the solutions of international issues. Case studies: The positions and actions of Lithuania during the war between Georgia and Russia; during the Russia’s annexation of Crimean, and during the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
Seminar–excursion: Presidential palace tour.
Economical and social policy in Lithuania. National minorities and its rights. Migration. Education and Culture in Lithuania.
Seminar-excursion: Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

4

6

10

20

Problem posing, peer review of colleagues outgiving, e-learning in Moodle environment, case study, discussions, individual assignment for excursion

8. Assessment

2

2

24

Examination (presentation by power point)

Overall

16

32

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

40

In the process of subject training

Assessment: 40% – actively and constructively participates in discussions, formulate and answers questions, frames main problems and provides critical remarks and insights; 30% – participates in discussions, formulate and answers questions; 20% participates in discussions and answers questions; 10% – participates in discussions; 0% – hardly ever participates in discussions or has failed to attend more than 1/3 of the seminars.

Examination

60

At the end of subject training

The following aspects of the presentation are taken into consideration: Structure of the presentation is coherent and logical; the presentation is subdivided into introduction, development, and conclusions (earns up to 3 points); conceptualism of presentation (presentation is comprehensive and conclusions are supported with empirical findings and theoretical arguments (earns up to 3 points); Undelivered the presentation earns 0 points.