Politics and Security Studies

In a world where problems go beyond borders and disciplines, where threats previously thought to be independent, are found to be interconnected, where distinctions between what is domestic policy and what is foreign policy are becoming more and more tenuous, students need training and perspective to break down disciplinary silos. This is a perfect study programme for budding policy research professionals. This programme provides students with a deep knowledge of social research methods, which are used to analyse public policy and security problems.

The programme aims to prepare competent specialists having solid understanding of public policies and governance, able to examine and evaluate security processes in a comparative perspective, to design and implement relevant analyses applying advanced methodological approaches that form the backbone of evidence-based recommendations.

The study programme has been renewed in 2019 duration is now 3 years.

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Code 6121JX032
Location Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Cycle First cycle
Field Political Sciences
Language Lithuanian, English
Study mode and duration Full-time studies - 3 y. (Day-time)
Degree awarded Bachelor of Social Sciences

Guest lecturers

Edmundas Jakilaitis

Political journalist

Nicholas Kralev

Executive Director at Washington International Diplomatic Academy

Angela Bourbouli

Research and Studies Officer, National School of Public Administration and Local Government in Greece

Naim Kapucu

Professor at University of Central Florida

Ainius Lašas

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities at KTU

Stefan Einarsson

Director of Stockholm School of Economics
 

Values

Knowledge

Excellent knowledge of politics and international processes

Graduates of the programme will have knowledge of national and international politics and different security policy areas. They will be able to analyse Lithuanian and international policy cases by applying qualitative and quantitative methods of social research. In addition, graduates will be able to independently identify policy and security problems, and provide solutions to them.

Career

Opportunity to work in the public sector

Graduates will be able to work in consultative, managerial, and research areas in municipalities, ministries, embassies, institutions and organisations of the European Union, public and private sector organisations, and non-governmental organisations. The graduates of the programme tend to find positions such as consultants of international organisations, political parliamentary careers, or working in political parties.

Infrastructure

Valuable data for a better study process

Students have unique access to the Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Science and Humanities (LiDA), and can contribute to the implementation of research projects using data from international research programmes: issp.org, europeansocialsurvey.org. Lithuanian HSM archive (LiDA) provides virtual digital infrastructure where researchers can deposit, search, browse, make online analyses and download more than 300 quantitative and qualitative social sciences and humanities data sets.

Colleagues

Socially active, ambitious students

This study programme attracts socially active, ambitious students, capable of generating innovative ideas for the public sector. Good motivation determines a creative and learning-oriented environment that helps master the knowledge and skills that students need.

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Skills

Skills
- Understanding the process of politics – identification of issues, decision-making, implementation, and communication.
- Analysis of politics – surveys, electoral behaviour, evaluation of political reforms and programmes, and social data management.
- National security – public security, international relations, cybersecurity, and risk management.
- Ethics and responsibility – human rights, public interest, corruption prevention, sustainable development, and civil society.
Planning of draft decisions Analysis of draft decisions Formulation of conclusions regarding draft decisions Targeted analyses conducted in order to summarise the results

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A student who chooses BA+ competence, acquires the knowledge and skills in an additional study field, and discovers new career prospects.

 

BA+ competence blocks offered in KTU Bachelor’s study programmes can be an alternative study plan for:

  • the specialisations;
  • individual set of modules;
  • the subjects providing deeper knowledge of the study field.

Acquisition of the competence is certified by the issue of KTU certificate and entry in the diploma supplement.


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Testimonials

Julija Stanaitytė

Graduate

 

What caught my attention was the study programme description. Moreover, studies promised a variety of different subjects to be learnt, which would help gain the necessary experience. The knowledge I’ve gained is already proving to be useful in everyday life and personal growth. I am very happy with the studies, the skills and experience I’ve gained are invaluable. What is more, all hardships were balanced out with kind lecturers and a cosy academic space, and good study results were rewarded with a sponsorship. I firmly believe in the success of this study programme, and in a prosperous future for us, the very first graduates of the programme.


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Career

Student’s competences

  • Knowledge of national and international policy, and various areas of security policies.
  • Knowledge and analysis of cases of Lithuanian and international policies using qualitative and quantitative social research methods.

Student’s skills

  • Able to perform analysis of policy and security problems using qualitative and quantitative social research methods.
  • Able to provide evidence-based recommendations.
  • Able to perform analytical activities in Lithuanian and international public sector organisations.
  • Able to identify certain policy and safety problems and provide solutions.

 

 

You may become

  • Assessment of risks and disaster management.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, political and administrative viability policy.
  • Review of the applied policy and legislation aiming to identify discrepancies and obsolete provisions.
  • Provision and analysis of possibilities of political choices, preparation of documents and recommendations for changes of policies.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy at national and international level.
  • Review of operations and programmes, performance of threat and risk assessment.
  • A person who is appointed or elected to a public office, motivated to defend public interest and implement public policies. The  public servant‘s duties include providing service to the public in the form of protection, administration or maintenance.
  • Analysing and forecasting of the trends in politics and  public policies.
  • Preparation of research, scientific papers and reports.
  • Monitoring of modern political institutions and opinions, and collection of related data.
  • Constructing and crystallising models and methods with the aim to explain the nature of human experience, historical and political events, and behavior.

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Minimum requirements

Proficiency in English
Language requirements

IELTS ≥5.5, TOEFL ≥75, CEFR ≥B2, or equivalent

Eligibility CGPA
High school certificate

Maximum 3 years after high school graduation is eligible.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Russian.

The documents must be legalised (Apostille) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued. This requirement does not apply for the documents issued in the EU and Belarus, Ukraine.

Minimum average grade (CGPA) > 60 % in each entry subject.

 

Score structure

Subject Coefficient Type
First subject

History or Mathematics

0,4

Final exam

Second subject

English language

0,4

IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR or equivalent

Third subject

Motivation

0,2

Online interview

 

Tuition fee

Full-time studies 2900 €
Price per credit 48,33 €
 
Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 1669 €
Price per credit 27,82 €

 

Financial support

 

 

 


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