Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Estonia

European Encounters: Small Countries, Big Neighbours

online course
when 19 July 2021 - 13 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1200

This course is a joint programme with the University of Latvia and the University of Tartu.

How do large countries influence their small neighbours? It is not only the history and culture, it is much more.

The University of Tartu summer programme will explain the role of the main foreign policy actors and institutions in the EU and Russia, which are involved in shaping bilateral relations in contested aspects in EU-Russia relations (such as shared neighbourhood and energy relations). The two weeks will get the theoretical knowledge and sector-specific expertise covered by practitioners from HEIs, NGOs and EU institutions. The school will guide you through three main cities of Estonia: the capital Tallinn, the border city of Narva (where Russian culture has a strong presence) and the university town of Tartu.

The University of Latvia offers a multidisciplinary course focusing on topical issues in a present day society. The course will give you an insight into the “big neighbour's” influence on the development of small countries like the Baltic states. Lectures will be divided into five main blocks covering the following areas: economics, sustainability and development, communication, culture and history, and cognitive sciences. You will explore topics like business ethics and corruption, humor as a communication tool, manipulation with social groups, emotions and their impact on large groups, history and cultural heritage of Russian Old Believers, the Soviet ethnic policy and its consequences in Latvia, influence on music, etc.

Apart from the lectures, students will have a great opportunity to take part in the social programme and visit study-related companies.

Course leader

This course is a joint programme with the University of Latvia and the University of Tartu.

Target group

This programme is especially designed for students coming from countries outside Europe (but is open to all students).

Course aim

Estonia and Latvia share an intricate history of repressions and liberations. The course will explain the role of the main foreign policy actors, institutions in the EU and Russia and how big neighbour's” influence on the development of small countries.

Fee info

EUR 1200: Programme fee: €1200 includes tuition, webinars and social events, interactive walking tours and virtual visits.

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