PROGRAM FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The Eastern European and Russian Studies Programme is devised to provide you with deep and comprehensive knowledge about the region – its political, economic and cultural particularities, and develop your academic and analytical skills that will enable you to analyse, evaluate and assess key political and social processes within this dynamic and exciting region.
WHAT SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE WILL YOU ACQUIRE?

  • first-hand experience of Eastern Europe regional specifics through wide range of area specific courses including state, society, economics, culture and politics of the region;
  • professional expertise on the key issues that impact domestic and foreign policies in the states of Eastern Europe and Russia;
  • advanced knowledge of concepts, theories and methods of the contemporary political science, especially in the field of International Relations and Comparative Politics;
  • deep understanding of the history and political systems of the Eastern European countries and Russia, as well as of political and economic transformation processes that are taking place in the region;
  • skills to analyse the development of the region in the context of contemporary international and regional co-operation;
  • methodological skills required to undertake and produce an independent research project.

As social scientists we also know that most of the learning happens while preparing for and writing assignments so we have made sure to include quite a few of them in the curriculum. Each of these assignments will showcase your academic excellence and integrity. To help you, we have prepared methodological requirements of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University that can be found here: Methodical requirements

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW:
In the first semester, students start with four courses that introduce them to the economic, historic and cultural context of Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as the political science research methods that will be crucial in preparing their MA thesis.
The second semester offers students an opportunity to build their own extensive knowledge and expertise in their preferred field of interests by choosing three elective subjects from the list of courses open to all Master level students at the Institute. Students will also attend Master’s seminars to further develop their MA thesis research design and one compulsory course dedicated to providing in-depth knowledge of economic and political particularities in Russia.
During the third semester, students work on their Master’s thesis and continue attending Master’s seminars. Additionally, they can extend their knowledge by attending one elective subject based on their academic or professional interests. Moreover, students are offered an opportunity to build their resume by conducting a professional internship with non-governmental organizations or research institutions based in Vilnius.
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER PERSPECTIVES.
Our graduates have found a number of different possibilities: some pursue their careers as civil servants in public administration institutions and diplomatic service. Others work as analysts and experts in the international organizations, academic and research institutions, private sector in Lithuania and abroad. And just in case you wish to spread your knowledge and learn even more as a graduate of the Eastern and Central European studies you will have access to the third cycle (doctoral studies).

Study curriculum

Course   Type   1st     Semester  2nd  Semester  3rd  Semester
Compulsory Courses Economic Transformation: From Command Economy to a New System
(10 ECTS)
Master’s seminar
(5 ECTS)
Master’s seminar
(5 ECTS)
  State and Society in Eastern Europe and Russia: From Autocracy to Democracy
(10 ECTS)
Russian Politics and Economy in Post-modern World
(10 ECTS)
Master’s Thesis
(20 ECTS)
Inventing Eastern Europe: Explorations of the European East
(5 ECTS)
Search and Research: Methods and Approaches in Political Science
(5 ECTS)
Elective Courses Elective course
(5 ECTS)
Elective course
(5 ECTS)
Elective course
(5 ECTS)
Elective course
(5 ECTS)

Elective courses

Belarus and Ukraine Studies Dr. Laurynas Jonavičius
Change Management in Public Sector Organizations Liudas Jurkonis
Contemporary Politics of Central Eurasian Countries and Regions, Assoc. Prof. Konstantinas Andrijauskas
Energy Security Romas Švedas
International Political Economy and Globalisation Prof. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas
Nationalism and Its Manifestations in Central and Eastern Europe Assoc. Prof Kęstutis Kazimieras Girnius
Nordic and Baltic States Studies Assoc. Prof Liutauras Gudžinskas
Revolutions: From Social and Great to Coloured and Electoral. Comparative and Historical Analysis Assoc. Prof.
Vladas Sirutavičius