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Social Dimension in European-Russian Relations and Estonian e-Society

12 July-1 Aug, 2015
in Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu

The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of state-of-the-art achievements generated by quick and efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy. Matters of foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region and the ever-changing EU-Russian relations illustrate the complexity of Estonian political and social transformation. In addition, the programme also addresses areas which have made Estonia to stand out globally and noted by international observers like BBC as a new Silicon Valley: digital society and e-state with various ICT services and technologies. 

Week I in Tallinn - Estonia as a New Silicon Valley: Current Achievements and Future Visions
Week II in Tartu - EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship
Week III in Pärnu - NATO, the EU, and Baltic Regional Security 

Each week the lectures will be held from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons there will  study trips  to state establishments such as the Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia, as well as to the important fondations, NGOs and entreprises. There is also a cultural  and social programme in every city.

Upon successful completion the participants will receive the Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript of the Unniversity of Tartu.

Level: BA / MA

The programme awards 6 ECTS.
The application deadline is 20 May, 2015. Online application will be available in February 2015.
The programme fee is 1785 EUR. This includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast, transportation during the programme, cost of the cultural and social programme and the services of the host university.

Estonia as a New Silicon Valley: Current Achievements and Future Visions

in Tallinn 12.-18.07.2015

Tallinn as Estonia’s capital is the hub where the decisions affecting of the country’s economic and political development are generated. Estonia is an example of quick and efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy. This module will address areas which have made Estonia to stand out globally and noted by international observers like BBC as a new Silicon Valley: digital society and e-state with various ICT services and technologies.

Experts and scholars working in these fields will conduct lectures and seminars that are accompanied by various study visits to give the general overview of the Estonian digital society and introduce the historical, political and social background of how a post-soviet Estonia became an e-Estonia.

The goal of the module is to enable students to improve their knowledge on the possible use of ICT technologies in different fields and learn to analyse its advantages as well as risks in the context of political, economic and social environment.

The students will have the opportunity to visit establishments which shape the country’s policies, like the Estonian Parliament and the EU Commission office in Tallinn as well as to different institutions, foundations and enterprises connected with the development of Estonian ICT sector: Estonian ICT Demo Centre, Skype, Garage 48HUB, and Enterprise Estonia Foundation.

EU and Russia Transforming: Implications for the Relationship

in Tartu 19.-25.07.2015

While many experts describe the EU-Russia relations as stagnating, internally both players are going through dramatic changes. The Eurozone has been hit by the debt crisis, which presents a grave danger to the very existence of the single European currency. The scale of the financial problems which the European Union is now facing has pushed the EU governments towards far-reaching political and institutional reforms, which might lead to the emergence of a much more coherent and robust political actor to replace today's rather loose confederation. Russia, for its part, demonstrates an unprecedented degree of political stability and continuity, and yet there are numerous indications that the tensions continue to accumulate within the economy, the state and society. There seems to be a consensus for the need to modernise the country. However, various elite groups and the wider society increasingly continue to diverge.

To sum up, it might be the case that both the EU and Russia are entering into the times of major transformations which can make them much stronger but can also lead their respective social, economic and political structures to a total collapse. The objective of this module is to help students to grasp the scale and interconnectedness of the various challenges that the EU and Russia face today, and to estimate the potential impact of these challenges on the EU-Russia relations.

NATO, the EU, and Baltic Regional Security

in Pärnu 26.07.-01.08.2015

This module concentrates on the international position and foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region. It focuses on the post-communist period, but also provides an introduction to the recent history of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to give a better understanding about the foreign policy activities of the Baltic States today. The module studies the environment of Baltic regional security, considering the main external and internal factors. The module is based on three broader issues in the foreign policies of the Baltic States: Euro-Atlantic integration, regional co-operation and relations with Russia. During the week students will analyse issues such as EU and NATO enlargement, international cooperation within the Baltic Sea region, and Baltic-Russian relations.

Among the specific topics that will be discussed are: NATO’s transformation since the Cold War, European Union enlargement and NATO expansion in Eastern Europe, the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Neighbourhood Policy, the impact of the events in Ukraine in 2014, cyber defence, energy security, Baltic Sea regional cooperation, memory conflicts, espionage, information warfare, the situation of the Russian-speaking minorities, Transatlantic relations, the ‘reset’ in the relationship with Russia and its demise.