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Academic year 2024

Core Module Courses

European History, Politics, Culture, Law, Economy

  • face-to-face: students attend on campus
  • hybrid: T4EU students attend online, home students attend on campus
  • blended: the course is largely online (for all students), but there may be face-to-face elements, for instance for project work, at the mobility week or a final exam
  • basic course (BC): knowledge in area of expertise
  • application course (AC): students apply knowledge to gain experience and generate societal transformative impact in limited scope

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History of Civilization

This course, aimed for a very broad audience, discusses different civilizational processes in the world history from the oldest times until now, assessing their importance to the world of today. After the defining the term “civilization” and explaining its problematics, different aspects of human history are discussed – relationship between people and nature, development of different technologies, emergence, and development of different means of communication, and interaction of science and religion. The appearance of art, architecture and literature is also discussed. Great attention is paid to the development of different political systems and social changes. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 4 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, 14:00-15:30, CET]

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Lithuanian Folklore, Traditions, Mythology

This course, taught in English, is specifically designed for foreign and Lithuanian students of different study programmes. It offers an overview of different aspects of the traditional Lithuanian way of living: folklore, festivals, family customs and traditions, mythology, and the main features of material culture. The course focuses on the issues of continuity, transformation, or disappearance of specific traditions as well as on the various forms traditional phenomena acquire in contemporary culture. Moreover, the traditional Lithuanian way of living is compared to those of other European peoples, giving students a possibility to learn about cultural phenomena in a wider context. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 4 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Mon, 14:00-15:30, CET]

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Lithuanian Literature (for Foreigners)

During the course the students are being acquainted with the most important facts of Lithuanian literature from the end of the 19th century till nowadays. The main emphasis is placed on the most significant literary trends, dominant genres and stylistic variations, the problems of the chronology of Lithuanian literature are being related to historical and cultural situation in Lithuania. To gain basic knowledge of literary analysis the students are being acquainted with the main statements of Literary Ethics and the method of close reading.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Tue, 13:15-14:00 (Lecture); 14:15-15:45 (Practical training), CET]

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Political Sciences

This is an introductory course, which provides basic knowledge on the phenomenon of politics and political research, about the subject of political science and its development. During the course students become familiar with concepts of Political Sciences: state, political power, political systems, and political regimes. Furthermore, the course examines consolidation and stability of democracy, constitutions and constitutionalism, elections and electoral systems, parties, political organizations, and movements; interest groups and lobbies; political campaigns; political culture – its structure and types. Finally, the course takes up history of political thinking – political doctrines and ideologies, theories of international relations and Lithuanian foreign policy. Syllabus.

Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas | ECTS: 4 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2024 [Wed, 14:00-15:30, CET]

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EurIdentity Basic Module – Foundations of Europe

This course is an E-Learning-Module with 6 ECTS. Students will study online by themselves with video content, self study material and reading lists. 12 topics on Europe and the EU are virtually lectured by professors from seven partner universities of the Greater Region: University of Luxembourg, Université de Lorraine, Saarland University, TU Kaiserslautern, Trier University, University of Liège and htw saar. This module will be held via the learning platform OpenOLAT. Please enroll via LSF (see below). There will be an online kickoff meeting.

Content and Structure: 
Part I European Values and Identities 

  • Identity Politics and Representation: Group Formation in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Assoc. Prof. Sonja Kmec, University of Luxembourg)
  • Sociology of Religious and Philosophical Pluralisms (Prof. Paul Clavier, Université de Lorraine)
  • Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in Europe (Dr. Marie Rota, Université des Lorraine)
  • European Economic and Social History (PD Dr. Jens Späth, Universität des Saarlandes)
  • History of Public Power in Europe (Prof. Dr. Philippe Poirier, University of Luxembourg)
  • Art Trends in Europe (Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jonas Nesselhauf, Universität des Saarlandes)
  • European Labor Market (Prof. Dr. Felix Hörisch, Kai Brumm, htw saar)

Part II: European Challenges and Actors 

  • Actors and Decision-making Processes in Europe (Philipp Mai, RP TU Kaiserslautern)
  • The Economic Dimensions of Europe (Prof. Dr. Xenia Matschke & Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild, Universität Trier)
  • European Geopolitical Actors and Issues (Dr. Antonios Vlassis, Université de Liège)
  • Rights and Duties of European Individuals (Sara Mussara, Université de Liège)
  • European Scientific and Environmental Challenges and Issues (Prof. Jean-Jacques Gaumet, Université de Lorraine)

Further information: 

Course registration:  


Examination: Multiple choice exam, 20th June 2024, 6-7 p.m. Retake-Exam: 18th July 2024, 6-7 p.m. 

Saarland University | ECTS: 6 | BC | Modality: e-learning | Language: English
Start date: Exact date will follow