International Politics and Development Studies

Area of studies: Social Sciences
Faculty: Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy
Mode of Studies: Full-time
Length of Programme: 4 academic years (240 ECTS)
Name of Qualification: Bachelor in Political Science

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Unique Features

With the global demand for development specialists, the International Politics and Development Studies program, being one of the rare BA level programs of its kind in Europe (and practically sole in Eastern Europe) is unique in that it, in addition to providing classical Political Science education, lays fundamentals of development theories and practice, all this with a focus on one of the developing regions. Currently, the Program covers the Middle East and former Soviet Union but is foreseen to expand to include Latin America. In connection with this, students are given the opportunity to study one of the area languages (such as Arabic, Turkish and Russian) for four semesters. During their studies, students are required to do internship at relevant institutions, something that enhances their practical skills and ability to put theory into practice.

As the program is physically set in Lithuania, through its teaching staff as well as students it ingeniously combines the Western European expertise and Eastern European experiences.

Access Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent degree and proven capability to fluently speak, read and write in English.

Competencies Acquired

Upon the completion of the International Politics and Development Studies program, graduates shall be able to:

  • explain the historical and international contexts of developing countries and regions and predict their development prospects;
  • critically assess mutual relations between political actors, economic and business structures and the media in the political systems of developing countries;
  • compare socio-political processes in developing countries and regions;
  • analyze legal and programmatic aspects of the EU and other international system participants in providing assistance to countries and regions in the developing world;
  • consider the practical tasks and problems of developing countries and regional policies, suggesting ways they may be resolved in local and international contexts;
  • initiate, prepare and execute various political, social, economic and information projects;
  • apply methodological tools and theoretical approaches in policy analysis and in practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the International Politics and Development Studies program will be able to work as either analysts, political advisors, or project managers in:

  • EU, UN and other international organizations and institutions;
  • national public sector institutions;
  • national and international non-governmental organizations;
  • media and other public information agencies,
  • research centers, think tanks, public opinion and political research institutions.

Alternatively, they may further pursue their studies in more specialized Master’s programs in political science and other social sciences or humanities.

Application Procedure

Detailed information on required documents, legalization of documents, application deadlines, tuition fees etc. is provided in the section “Addmission to BA”.

Curriculum

 

I Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV1002 Political Systems 6 1
TPV1007 Introduction to Development Studies 6 1
Foreign Language (to choose one: Arabic, Turkish, Russian, French) (6 ECTS) 6 1
Common University subjects

( A/B/D)

12 1
Total: 30 ECTS  

II Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV1003 International Relations and Governance 6 2
TPV1008 Development Politics and Strategies of International Organizations 4 2
Foreign Language (to choose one: Arabic, Turkish, Russian, French) (6 ECTS) 6 2
Common University subjects

( A/B/D)

14 2
Total: 30 ECTS  

III Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV2001 Public Policy Process 6 3
TPV1009 Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism 6 3
Foreign Language (to choose one: Arabic, Turkish, Russian, French) (6 ECTS) 6 3
Common University subjects

( A/B/D)

14 3
Total: 32 ECTS  

 IV Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TVP2008 Human Rights and democratization 6 4
Foreign Language (to choose one: Arabic, Turkish, Russian, French) (6 ECTS) 6 4
Common University subjects

( A/B/D)

16 4
Total: 28 ECTS  

 V Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV3001 Comparative Politics 6 5
POL3025 Qualitative Research Methods for Politics 6 5
EKO2004 International Economics 4 5
TPV3005Neighbourhood and Development Policy of the European Union 5 5
Elective subjects: to choose 2 (for 3rd and 4th year students)
EKO1004  Microeconomics 6 5
TPV3010 Migration Policy and Ethnic Relations in ModernState 4 5
TPV2005 Civic Empowerment and Mobilization 5 5
TPV3009 Analytical and Academic Writing 4 5
POLN4007 The Politics of Small and Middle Sized States in the International Context 5 5
TPV3004 Religion and Politics 4 5
Total: 31 ECTS  

 VI Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
POL3024 Quantitative Research Methods for Politics 6 6
TPVN3007 Conflict Resolution in Developing Countries 5 6
TPV3015 NGO and Philantrophy 4 6
TPVN3006 Politics of Post-Soviet States 5 6
Elective subjects: to choose 2 (for 3rd and 4th year students)
EKO1005 Macroeconomics 6 6
TPV4005 Orientalism and Cultural Awareness 4 6
TPV2006 Diplomatic and Consular Law 5 6
VKS2006 Globalization and International Communication 5 6
Total: 29 ECTS  

VII semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV4016 Projects Planning and Management 6 7
TPV4001 Politics of Middle East and North African States 5 7
TPV4015 Foreign Policy of the Great Powers in the Middle East and Post-Soviet Space 6 7
TPV4012 Term Paper 5 7
Elective subjects: to choose 2 (for 3rd and 4th year students)
TVP4017 Security Challenges in Contemporary World 4 7
TPV4019 Revivalist Islam and Politics 4 7
TPV4018 International Cooperation in the Black Sea Region 4 7
TPV2002 Regional Development 5 7
Total: 30 ECTS  

VIII Semester

Course title ECTS Semester
TPV 4011 Qualification Internship 15 8
Bachelor thesis 15 8
Total: 30 ECTS  

Total: 240 ECTS