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Baltic History, Culture and Society - Latvia

  • 7.5 credits

The course is directed towards those who are interested in Baltic history, culture and society, e.g. social scientists, journalists, teachers, librarians, cultural workers and researchers within other subject areas.

The course consists of an introduction to the history, culture and society of the Baltic states. The provides insights into the historical processes that have formed the Baltic states, as well as illuminates central occurrences and relevant social issues, e.g. transformation processes, language debates, emigration.

 

  • Course structure

    The course consists of an general obligatory part and an elective part, where the student, together with the examiner, chooses a specific subject within Latvian history, culture and society.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Instruction is in English.

    Instruction is either as distance learning or on campus, according to how the course event is defined.

    Learning outcomes

    Having completed the course the student has demonstrated an ability to:

    • account for basic knowledge about the history of the Baltic states, its culture and social life
    • reflect on the connections between historical processes and relevant social issues
    • account for and discuss own impressions over the Baltic states, specifically Latvia, in a structural and comprehensive manner.

    Assessment

    Examination takes place through submitted assignments and participation in discussions and seminars. Continual examination takes place through written assignments submitted in connection with each respective seminar.

    The principles for weighting togetgher the examination assignments are explained in the grading criteria.

    Examiner

    Lilita Zalkalns

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Any recently published general history of the Baltic States, for example:

    1. Kasekamp, Andres: A History of the Baltic States. 2010.
    2. Plakans, Andrejs: A concise history of the Baltic States, 2011.
    3. Purs, Aldis: Baltic facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945

    For recent business and political updates:

    1. Country report: Latvia, Economist Intelligence Unit, available on-line
    2. Auers, Dainis: Comparative politics and government of the Baltic States. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st century, 2015.
    3. Additional material handed out in class.
    4. Articles and works determined in cooperation between the examinator and the student.
  • Contact

    If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Lilita Zalkalns (lilita.zalkalns@balt.su.se).