- Language of study: Latvian / language of Specialisation
- Full-time undergraduate programme
- Number of budget and paid study places: to be specified
- Tuition fee per year: to be specified
- Duration of studies: four years (8 semesters)
- Degree to be obtained: Bachelor of Arts
- Place of study: Latvian Academy of Culture (24 Ludzas Street)
- International mobility opportunities: studies, internships and graduate internships within the ERASMUS + exchange programme, opportunity to use foreign government scholarships and participate in summer schools
- Head of the programme: assoc.prof. Laila Niedre
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME
The programme aims to enable students to reflect systematically on their own cultural identities in an international context, to enhance students' intercultural awareness and communication skills in order to work professionally in an international environment.
The programme is implemented bilingually - in Latvian and in the chosen specialization language. Studies can be initiated either with or without preliminary knowledge of the specialization language.
The general required (part A) courses, which are implemented in Latvian, give general insight into the cultural-historical and cultural-theoretical issues of arts and humanities. Students acquire various aspects of the culture of Latvia in the context of world cultures.
The speciality based required part (part B) courses allow students to master their specialization language and to understand the specific target culture. During their studies, students develop intercultural communication skills as well as analytical and critical thinking skills. An integral part of the studies is also devoted to research.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Graduates of the programme are mediators in intercultural communication; they are competent in multilingualism and ready for contact with multicultural environment.
Embassies and diplomatic service, ministries and other state institutions, international organizations, translation agencies, tourism - these are just a few of the work placements for the graduates of the programme "Intercultural Relations".
Latvia – France/ Belgium
Latvia – France/ Canada
Latvia – Italy
Latvia – English-Speaking Countries
Latvia – the Netherlands / Germany
Latvia – Spain
Latvia – Germany
Latvia – Nordic Countries
Theoretical fundamentals of arts and humanities
Students acquire the ability to orient themselves in different typologies and periodization systems of culture, as well as familiarize themselves with the different concepts of culture and art. Study courses in the history of philosophy enable students to perceive the relevance of philosophical theories in the broader cultural, scientific and social context.
Students are provided with the historical background of literature, theatre, visual arts, music and cinema, as well as the current use of these art forms, thus gaining an understanding of the different principles of aesthetic thinking.
During the studies, students develop their intercultural communication competence, which is one of the most necessary skills of a modern specialist in any field or profession. The programme gives a fresh perspective to many cultural and intercultural issues, which can be later applied in the promotion and development of intercultural communication.
All students are required to become proficient in two foreign languages - however, during their third year of studies students can acquire also a third foreign language.
Students are introduced to the basics of research as a building fundament for their Bachelor thesis and the argumentation behind it. This includes mastering the differences between the most common research methods used for academic or commercial research and marketing studies.
During the whole study process, there are two work placements scheduled for each student. Combining the practical work during work placements with the theoretical skills gained during lectures, students will be able to get acquainted with the specifics of organizing international events and learn about their own interests and abilities to apply after graduation.
Department of Cross-Cultural Communication and Foreign Languages
The Head of the Programme: Assoc.prof. Laila Niedre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 67114804