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

Access Requirements

Applicants for International Politics and Development Studies programme should have a secondary school diploma or equivalent degree and abilities to speak, read and write in English.

Programme Objectives and Competencies Acquired

The aim of the International Politics and Development Studies programme is to prepare highly qualified political science Bachelor graduates who would be professional analysts capable of making competent explanations, analyses, comparisons and assessments of the political, economic and social processes of developing countries and regions, to explain and assess trends and strategies in international assistance offered to the developing world, to independently perform research, and to prepare and carry out practical and applied scientific projects.

Upon completion of the International Politics and Development Studies programme, students shall be able to:

  • explain  the historic and international context of developing countries and regions and predict their prospects for development;
  • critically assess inter-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;
  • analyse legal and programmatic aspects of 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 country and regional policies, suggesting ways they may be resolved in a local and international context;
  • initiate, prepare and execute various political, social, economic and information activity projects;
  • apply methodological tools and theoretical approaches in policy analysis and in practice;
  • assess their newly acquired experience, constantly collect information and critically assess it, and be guided by continual learning provisions.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of International Politics and Development Studies programme will be able to work:

  • in EU and other international organization institutions and representative offices;
  • Lithuanian and foreign public sector institutions;
  • embassies, consular agencies;
  • non-governmental organizations;
  • in the private sector and media and other public information agencies,
  • as political advisors and analysts in social research centres, public opinion and political research institutions.

Graduates of International Politics and Development Studies may further their studies in more specialized Master’s programmes in political science and other social sciences and humanities.

Curriculum

I semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

1.

Introduction to Development Studies

5

TPV1001

2.

Political Systems

6

TPV1002

3.

International Relations and Governance

6

TPV1003

II semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

4.

Studies of Colonialism and Post-Colonialism

5

TPV1004

5.

Development Politics and Strategies of International Organizations

5

TPV1005

6.

Human Rights and Democratization

5

TPV1006

III semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

7.

Public Policy Process

6

TPV2001

8.

Regional Development

5

TPV2002

9.

Micro and Macro Economics

5

TPV2003

 

Courses of A, B and D groups

 

 

IV semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

10.

Social Research Methodology

6

TPV2004

11.

Civic Empowerment and Mobilization

5

TPV2005

12.

Diplomacy and International Law

5

TPV2006

 

Courses of A, B and D groups

 

 

V semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

13.

Comparative Politics

6

TPV3001

14.

Theories of Social Transformation

6

TPV3002

15.

International Political Economy

5

TPV3003

16.

Political Communication

5

TPV3004

17.

Development and Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union

5

 

TPV3005

OPTIONAL COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

18.

Analytic and Academic Writing

5

TPV3009

19.

Globalization and International Communication

4

VKS3001

20.

Migration Policy and Ethnic Relations in Modern State

5

TPV3010

VI semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

21.

Politics of Post-Soviet States

6

6

22.

Conflict Resolution in Developing Countries

6

6

23.

NGO and Philanthropy

5

3

OPTIONAL COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

24.

Welfare State: Theory and Practice

4

POL3013

25.

Critical Inquiry

4

TVP3011

26.

Political Process and Participation

4

TVP3012

27.

Macroeconomics of the Developing Countries

4

TVP3013

28.

Small and Middle Sized States in the International Context

4

TVP3009

29.

Russia’s Domestic and Foreign Policy

4

POL3017

30.

International Cooperation in the Black Sea Region

4

TVP4007

31.

Domestic and Foreign Policy of Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

4

TVP3018

VII semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

32.

Politics of the Middle Eastern and North African States

6

TPV4001

33.

Project Planning and Implementation

6

TPV4002

34.

Politics of Minorities

5

TPV4003

35.

Sociology of State Development

5

TPV4004

36.

Orientalism and Cultural Awareness

4

TVP4005

37.

Foreign Policy of Great Powers in the Middle East

4

TVP4006

38.

Revivalist Islam and Politics

4

TVP4008

39.

Energy Politics in European Neighbourhood

4

TVP4009

40.

Israeli Studies

4

TVP4010

VIII semester

COMPULSORY COURSES

Nr.

Course

ECTS credits

Code

41.

Internship

15

 

42.

Bachelor Thesis

15