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Baltic History, Culture and Society - Lithuania

For accepted students: Roll-call (upprop) and registration will take place on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 12-1 pm via Zoom. A link will be mailed to you shortly before roll-call and registration opens.

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 course provides insights into the historical processes that have formed the Baltic states. It also looks at major historial events and relevant social issues — transformation processes, language debates, emigration, and more.

Please note: Web-based instruction during the fall term due to Covid-19

Due to Covid-19, all instruction at the Section for Baltic Studies during the Fall Term 2020 will be web-based. If you will be taking our courses then you should have access to a computer with a camera and microphone, and a good internet connection. If applicable, you should also be prepared for the possibility that final exams may take place on the Frescati campus. For more information please contact director of studies Lilita Zalkalns:

  • 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 Lithuanian history, culture and society.

    Learning Outcomes:

    In order to pass the course the student has demonstrated the 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 Lithuania, in a structural and comprehensive manner.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars.

    Instruction is in Swedish or English.

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

    Course requirements: participation in discussions and seminars on campus or via Skype, Zoom, the university teaching platform or other internet channel. Assignment submission deadlines are an obligatory part of the course. Completion of the obligatory course requirements are mandatory in order to participate in subsequent examinations.

    More detailed information can be found in the course description. The course description is available at least one month before the start of the course.

    Grading and grading criteria (in Swedish)

    Betygssättning och betygskriterier för kursen Baltisk realia - Litauen (294 Kb)


    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.

    Assessment takes place in Swedish or English.

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


    Examiners for all courses in Baltic studies HT2022 (236 Kb)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

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

    Available as e-books at Stockholm University Library:
    •    Kasekamp, Andres: A History of the Baltic States. 2010.
    •    Plakans, Andrejs: A Concise History of the Baltic States, 2011.
    •    O’Connor, Kevin: History of the Baltic States. 2003.
    •    Purs, Aldis: Baltic Facades: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 1945

    For recent business and political updates:
    •    Country report: Lithuania, Economist Intelligence Unit, available on-line
    •    Auers, Dainis: Comparative politics and government of the Baltic States. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the 21st century, 2015 (available online)
    •    In Swedish: Landguiden (available online)
    •    European Commission’s statistics:

    Additional materials handed out in class.
    Country-specific sources for your presentation or term paper, determined in cooperation between the examiner and the student.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Lilita Zalkalns (