DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000567

History of Lithuania: Nation, Culture and Traditions

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

1 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 national and political identity 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 and Soviet Union, Germany, Poland, the Baltic States (Latvia and Estonia), the Scandinavian countries. Nevertheless the course also introduces the relations with the other East European countries during the different periods of the 20–21st 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 (1988–1991) and politics of the Second Republic of Lithuania (1990–2017). Much attention is given in the course to culture (traditions), economy, science, and education as well as the questions of minority rights and citizenship.

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 history 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 discuss the main features of the Lithuanian nations; and 4) to make presentation regarding the history of Lithuania.

The teaching / learning process is organized in lectures, seminars, problem posing, learning through interaction, discussions, debates, discourses, 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), assessment of individual presentation.


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. Introductory lecture

2

2

2

Discussions

2. Concepts of the formation of Balts; Religion and mythology of Baltic; Origin of Lithuanian; Adaptation of Christianity; Lithuanian Calendar Festivals.

2

2

2

Problem posing; Peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment

3. Political identity of Lithuania (13th–18th C.)

2

2

2

Problem posing; Peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment

4. Nationalism in Lithuania: nation, national identity and national ideals

2

2

4

8

Problem posing; Case study; Discussions

5. National and political identity of Lithuania in 1918–1940. Lithuania’s position in the international community and its relations with the neighbouring countries: Russia and Soviet Union, Germany, Poland, the Baltic States (Latvia and Estonia), the Scandinavian countries

2

2

4

8

Problem posing; Case study; Discussions

6. Lithuania during the Soviet and Nazi occupations (1940–1990). Consequence of Molotov-Ribbentrop pacts to the Baltic States; Modern in Lithuania. The First Soviet occupation: The sovietisation of the Baltic countries in 1940–1941; Nazi German occupation: 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; Soviet culture; Evolution of national consciousness under the soviet occupation; The formation of ‘soviet individual’ and ‘soviet people”; The assistance of West democracy to the dissident movement. Soviet lifestyle of Lithuanians.

2

2

2

Problem posing; Case study; Discussions

7. The national popular movement Sajudis and restoration of Independence (1988–1991). National awakening in Lithuania in 1987–1990; The assistance of West European countries to Lithuania in 1987–1991; The national self-determination of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; The establishment of Independence of Lithuania.

2

2

2

Problem posing; Peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment

8. Politics of the Second Republic of Lithuania (1990–2017). Democratisation process in Lithuania; The formation of civil society; Economy in Lithuania; Foreign and security policy of Lithuania; Lithuanian integration in NATO and EU (Results of The Lithuanian presidency of the European Council); The position and actions of Lithuania and it citizens in the war between Georgia and Russia, in Russia’s annexation of Crimean and in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine; Education and Culture in Lithuania; Mass media in Lithuania; Sport in Lithuania.

2

2

2

Problem posing; Peer review of colleagues outgiving; e-learning in Moodle environment

9. Seminar–excursion: Study tour: Old Vilnius

4

4

7

Individual task for excursion

10. Lithuanian art. Seminar-excursion: National M. K. Čiurlionis Art museum in Kaunas

4

4

5

Individual task for excursion

11. Modern architecture. Seminar-excursion: Kaunas – provisional capital of Lithuania

4

4

5

Individual task for excursion

12. Seminar–excursion: The Museum of Genocide Victims

4

4

7

Individual task for excursion

13. Seminar-excursion: Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania

4

4

7

Individual task for excursion

14. Seminar–excursion: Presidential palace tour

4

4

7

Individual task for excursion

15. Seminar-excursion: Government of the Republic of Lithuania

4

4

7

Individual task for excursion

16. Assessment

2

2

39

Examination (presentation)

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.