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Societal Transformation

  • 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

subject title

Media studies 

The course introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated communication from the theoretical and empirical perspectives. Historical, socio-cultural and technological conditions of media industries and public communication are discussed. The main aim of the course is to develop students’ understanding of how we create, negotiate, and respond to different media, and to examine how media produce cultural meanings and power relations. Issues include the impact of media on individual attitudes, values, and behaviors, as well as the role of media professionals, and the impact of new media technologies. Students are encouraged to actively engage into the class discussions on topics and develop analytical and creative projects of their own. 

More at: https://www.vdu.lt/lt/study/subject/8561/  

Vytautas Magnus University | ECTS: 4 | BCModality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2023

subject title

Sociology and Anthropology

This course introduces the sociological and anthropological analysis of humanity and particular societies. It introduces the main sociological and anthropological approaches and conceptions. The course proceeds to the analysis of culture, socialization, family, gender, religion, social stratification; examines the phenomena of holism, cultural relativism, intercultural comparison, emic/etic, kinship, reciprocity systems of exchange, rituals, etc. Results to be achieved: students will be able to understand the principles of sociological and anthropological analysis, to interpret and explain the main sociological and anthropological concepts. Teaching methods used in the course: theoretical lectures, in-class discussions, study of theoretical literature.

More at: https://www.vdu.lt/lt/study/subject/8518/

Vytautas Magnus University | ECTS: 4 | BCModality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2023

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Global Social Work: Reflective Practice for Justice and Peace

The emphasis of the course is on understanding cross-cultural peace-building practices using clinical skills such as trauma treatment models and community action activities that build civil society structures and promote peaceful resolution of socially traumatizing experiences (such as civil wars, genocide, ethnic strife, and natural disasters). The overall value base of the course focuses on a human rights perspective, and the development of individual, family and community strengths. Students will learn about the diverse roles and activities that social workers can undertake in different countries and when practicing in another country, for instance: advocate, practitioner with individuals, families, and groups, consultant, educator, and researcher. An essential aspect of the course is ongoing experience in an international partnership via videoconferencing with a classroom of students from around the world attending the Master’s in Social Work Program at Loyola University Chicago, USA.

More at: https://www.vdu.lt/lt/study/subject/8506/

Vytautas Magnus University | ECTS: 6 | BCModality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 1, 2023

subject title

Social, Cultural and Educational Changes

Social and cultural changes and education.

School as an institution is not a closed system isolated from the social context where it is inserted. The analysis of social and cultural processes and changes is essential to understand the new functions of educational institutions and the challenges to be faced. The course is therefore intended to help future teachers to analyze and understand the most relevant social and cultural changes in today’s world and the effects that those changes have in education. Based on the approach of real problems and specific situations, students will be provided with theoretical-practical content for reflection, questioning and debate in order to develop critical analysis and understanding skills that allow them to develop democratic education projects in primary education, including the relationship with families, the impact of audiovisual languages, changes in gender relations and intergenerational and sustainable development.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | BCModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

subject title

Educational Psychology

The subject educational psychology gives basic information about the main variables related to students and with a clear impact on learning. It also presents the explanatory theories of the acquisition process of abilities and school competencies, because of the learning process, as well as the interactions between interpersonal and contextual variables. This subject establishes the structure for students to understand their own students’ characteristics and the way of optimizing their learning.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | ACModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

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Research in Tourism

The student will be able to write a based-on tourist scientific research project. Because of this reason, students will improve their skills to do a final degree project.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | ACModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

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Sociology of Deviance

The subject should be considered as a complement as well as a continuation of General Sociology subject, devoted to understanding social process of social deviance.

The word deviance means odd or unacceptable behaviour, but in the sociological sense of the word, deviance is simply any violation of society’s norms. Deviance can range from something minor, such as a traffic violation, to something major, such as murder. Each society defines what is deviant and what is not, and definitions of deviance differ widely between societies. The role played by this subject is to see the other face of the reality by analysing and finding out the causes of crime.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | ACModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

subject title

Sociology of Migration

Sociology of Migration is an elective course that is taught in the second semester of the fourth year of the bachelor’s degree in Sociology. It is directly linked to Social Structure and Social Processes I: Inequality and Social Exclusion.

  • Theories of Migration: Why do People Migrate?
  • Society and Migration: How does Migration (and Human Mobility) Transform Societies?
  • Migration in Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific
  • New Ethnic Minorities and Society
  • Migration inclusion policies: Social Policies, Health and Education; Markets and Labour force, Control and Security; Citizenship

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | BCModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

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Sociology of Tourism

The subject offers the theoretical and methodological tools so that the tourism professional can analyse them and understand the broader social framework in which this industry, the tourist, is inserted. In this regard, attention is paid to the interactions between the subsystem of the tourism world and the other key social subsystems: cultural, urban and social. Its location in the second year of the Degree is justified by the need to equip students, who previously have already acquired a level of knowledge in tourism, a basic knowledge about the social reality of advanced societies, within which Has configured tourism. In this sense, the “Sociology of Tourism” is intensely related to other subjects taught in the previous course and in this same course: Introduction to Geography of Tourism, Tourist Territorial Resources and Typology of Tourist Spaces.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | BCModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

subject title

Anthropology of Tourism

Tourism systems encompass a large and diverse range of human groups. Residents and visitors interact constantly, thus triggering intercultural encounters that must be properly understood in order to promote an industry that is sustainable and positive for all agents involved. Through this course students will understand tourism systems from an anthropological point of view and explore the complex relations between “hosts and guests”. Students will review the main anthropological theories and approaches to the current tourism debates, including the cultural effects of tourism on local destinations, power and control struggles over resources and livelihoods, as well as positive and negative impacts of tourism over nature and culture. In this course, students will develop the capacity to critically address contemporary issues in the field of tourism and will learn to apply and appreciate theoretical and practical anthropological research methods.

Links between these subject and other topics such as cultural heritage, sustainable development and tourism resources will help students to understand the complex processes governing the tourism industry.

University of Alicante | ECTS: 6 | BCModality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: January 30, 2023

For Erasmus students:

subject title

History of International Relations after 1945

The aim of the course is to broaden students’ knowledge of the history of international relations after 1945. In particular, the following topics will be covered as part of the classes:

  • New military blocks: NATO, WP. Cold War
  • Socio-political conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe after 1945
  • France and Great Britain after World War II.
  • Middle East after 1945
  • Japan after 1945
  • China after 1949
  • India and Pakistan after 1947
  • The awakening of Africa. Decolonization and conflicts on the continent.
  • Latin America in the second half of the 20th century
  • History of society and culture in the second half of the 20th century

University of Silesia | ECTS: 3 | BCModality: blended | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

International Negotiation

The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the issue of negotiations in international relations. The negotiation process will be discussed on the basis of international law connected with diplomacy. Negotiation strategies and techniques will be presented. In the course of exercises, students will learn the phases of the negotiation process, building negotiation teams, organisation of negotiations and mediation (with particular emphasis on time, place, diplomatic protocol and good manners. Attention will be paid to the psychological and cultural aspect of international negotiations.

University of Silesia | ECTS: 2 | ACModality: blended | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

Political Systems of the EU States and the USA

The goal of the module is to acquaint students with the basic principles of functioning of selected political systems in the legal and political system view, to discuss the systemic position of organs and institutions constituting the political system (the form of government, the form of state), and to present differences in functioning of state supreme organs in particular political systems.

Upon completion of the module, students will be expected to recognise types of political systems, analyse the structure and operation of individual political institutions, and anticipate the consequences of changes taking place in the political arena.

 In the course of module realization special attention will be paid to dynamics of functioning of contemporary political systems.

University of Silesia | ECTS: 4 | BCModality: blended | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

The European Union’s Institutions and Bodies

The aim of the module is to familiarise students with the institutional structure of the European Union. The principles of functioning of European Union institutions and bodies. Students acquire knowledge about the principles of functioning of EU institutions and bodies. They also learn about the structure of institutions, their composition, mode of appointment and competences.

University of Silesia | ECTS: 3 | BCModality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

Research Metodology in Social Science

The student acquires knowledge of scientific research methods and techniques with the indication of their application in social research. Moreover, they acquire knowledge of construction and course of the research process, its verification and scientific description.

The aim of the module is to prepare students for independent research work, critical analysis of texts in methodological terms, as well as selecting methods that make it possible to solve practical scientific problems in the field of social sciences.

University of Silesia | ECTS: 2 | BCModality: online | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

Project Cycle Management

Objectives

  • KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING – To provide students with the background and analytical skills necessary to understand the structure and functioning of project management
  • APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING – To make the student able to develop advanced skills to develop his/her ability to plan, develop and manage a project
  • MAKING JUDGMENTS – To promote the student’s ability to evaluate critically the possible problems that managing a project could create
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS – To teach the student to express the concepts learned during the course with accuracy and precision. Communication skills are very important for a career in the project management in every field
  • LEARNING SKILLS – To make students able to orient themselves in the context of project planning and management – planning a project, developing and estimating the work, managing the project successfully – and to increase their ability to find the best sources for their goals

University of Trieste | ECTS: 9 | Modality: face-to-face | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023

subject title

Scientific Communication Techniques

University of Trieste | ECTS: 6 | Modality: hybrid | Language: English
Start date: February 27, 2023 (Tue. and Thu. 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

subject title

Policy making in the EU

The course analyzes the European policy process based on Helen Wallace’s methodology and the concept of European policy methods. The emphasis is on the specific role of the European stakeholders, the specific mechanisms of interaction between them and the use of specific tools to achieve the collective goals within the relatively separate spheres of the policies. Particular attention is paid to the role of the member states in the process of formulating and achieving the common goals. The practical tasks on which students are assessed include finding the effective way to represent, protect and exchange national interests in the process of specific European policies: common market policy, competition policy, social policy and employment policy, environmental policy and education policy.

The main goal of the course is to create and develop competences for participation in the process of European politics.

The course will be held online, intensively within one week (5 days of 3 hours at the beginning of May) and will continue in the form of online consultations (2 days of two hours) to develop the practical tasks.

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski | ECTS: 4 | BC | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: Spring 2023

subject title

Smart and Sustainable Governance

The course on Smart and Sustainable Governance presents the path towards strategies for innovation-driven, smart and resilient future dedicated to coping with digital disruptions, multiple crises and global transformations in accordance with the and SDGs for the 21st century. An essential highlight is the strategic design process in the core of smart governance to utilize ICTs and AI advantages for sustainable development of citizens and government, but also to lead to more resilient societies, improve democracy and lead to more responsible solutions for the next generations. The methodology is based on creative applications to develop skills and competences to manage complex challenges, adapt and deal with transformations through the practical aspects of the strategy process, beyond the incorporation of terms such as “resilience”, “smart cities” and “sustainable governance”. The focus on the strategies of entrepreneurs, innovators, “outliers” and leaders of tomorrow, who are driving the changes of the future, is a special section in the course. The implementation of innovative ideas and bold visions is reflected in the practical trainings with games and interactive assignments, ending up in a final project with an application of the design thinking model. The classes include discussions on the smart governance for sustainable cities in EU (2030 initiative for 100 sustainable cities, the light house city models from Spain, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and many others), in a comparative perspective with global leading countries in smart and sustainable governance (South Korea, Japan, USA, Israel, Australia). Finally, the sessions end up with guidelines for the future that students draw from the study of strategies and governance models.

The classes will be organized in an online format in MS TEAMS platform, with session in 4 hours per week.

References:

  • Russel, Duncan and Nick Kirsop-Taylor, (2022) Handbook on the Governance of Sustainable Development. Elgar Handbooks in Development. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Lopes, Nuno Vasco Moreira. (2020)  Smart Governance for Cities: Perspectives and Experiences Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020 Springer Cham. eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22070-9.
  • Osella, M., Ferro, E., Pautasso, M.E.: (2016) Toward a Methodological Approach to Assess Public Value in Smart Cities. In: Gil-Garcia, J., Pardo, T., Nam, T. (eds.) Smarter as the New Urban Agenda, pp. 129–148. Springer.
  • Paulin, Alois.  Smart City Governance. (2019). Elsevier Publishing
  • Pego, A. C. (Ed.). (2022). Smart Cities, Citizen Welfare, and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. IGI Global.

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski | ECTS: 5 | Modality: online | Language: English
Start date: Spring 2023