Vytautas Magnus University

Kaunas, Lithuania

Available Courses

Develops basic understanding in information society (knowledge society) and modern communication technologies. The content includes: concepts of information society (knowledge society); information  and  telecommunication  technologies;  information  encoding,  collection,  processing,  storage, retrieval and dissemination; global networks; human-computer interaction; activities and services in electronic space; information systems and registries; information reliability and security; legal, social, and ethical aspects and strategies of information society. 

The course will explore creative writing styles with particular emphasis on creativity. Students will study a range of different formats of writing, find their preferred and work at improving their knowledge, skills, and style. Students will be expected to give and receive regular critical assessments of each other’s work. The course will study texts from established writers as well as theoretical and structural learning from course books. Weekly reading and writing assignments will be given.

Lithuanians, Poles, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Jews and many other nations coexisted in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Five hundred years of common statehood was halted by Russia. National movements that touched almost every nation in the region in the 19th century resulted in nation-stations that formed and thrived through the 20th century. How is the legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuanian being divided today? How and why is history teaching different in the schools of neighboring states? Looking from this perspective, what is the context of contemporary propaganda wars and geopolitics tensions? Where are boundaries between national narratives and critical history, between story and science?

The course 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.

The course discusses such concepts as culture, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, intercultural communication in social sciences. Understanding intercultural communication: different perspectives. Stereotypization in constructing “self” and the “other”. Identity, ethnicity and communication. Role and responsibility of mass media in constructing images of different social groups. Globalization, migration, cultural diversity and competencies of intercultural communication. Intercultural communication in business, education, health system, developmental projects. Analysis of cases and discussion of diverse empirical examples from diverse socio-cultural contexts.

To introduce students to the principles of sustainable waste management and waste sector legislation. The course will provide knowledge of technological solutions for the design of landfill engineering structures.

The course aims to enable students to analyse the intricate links between language and society by providing students with the knowledge of sociolinguistic theory, research methods, main concepts and terminology along with developing the relevant application skills. Students are guided into the exploration of language change and death, development and standardization, regional and social variation as well as the dependence of language use on a range of social variables such as gender, age, status, etc. Students analyse study material, participate in discussions, complete practical tasks, prepare and deliver oral and written presentations.

The main objectives of the course are to provide with the definition of the conception of social changes, assess the social forces and processes in terms of modernism, postmodernism, capitalism, liberalism. Results to be achieved: students will be able to understand the processes of social-economic changes on local and global level, to interpret the diverse social phenomenon using the conceptions of globalization, network society, post-liberal society, social-pluralism, information technologies, etc. eaching methods used in the course: theoretical lectures, seminars and in-class discussions, team-based presentations, course paper.

With billions of years of experience, nature conducts research in every branch of engineering and science. Nature’s designs and capabilities have always inspired technology, from the use of tongs and tweezers to genetic algorithms and autonomous legged robots. Taking a systems perspective, this field is examined from every angle. Approaches to biomimetics including a new perspective on the mechanization of cognition and intelligence, as well as defense and attack strategies in nature, their applications, and potential are discussed. The field from modeling to applications and from nano- to macro-scales, beginning with an introduction to principles of using biology to inspire designs as well as biological mechanisms as models for technology is reviewed. The following topics are discussed: evolutionary robotics; genetic algorithms; molecular machines; multifunctional, biological-, and nano- materials; nastic structures inspired by plants; and functional surfaces in biology. Looking inward at biological systems, the course covers the topics of biomimetic materials, structures, control, cognition, artificial muscles, biosensors that mimic senses, artificial organs, and interfaces between engineered and biological systems. 

This course involves examination of the three main processes taking place in communication between persons and groups: perception, interaction, and influence. Students are introduced to the main characteristics of perceptual schemes, operation of attitudes, values, and the relation between attitudes and behavior; intergroup processes of prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping are analyzed; factor’s influencing and theories explaining aggression, helping, friendship, and love are discussed. Examination of influence processes involves obedience, conformity, compliance, persuasion, and manipulation. Finally, intergroup processes of prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping will be analyzed.

The course is aimed to gain the basic knowledge about objective, history, regularities, principles and methods of ecology; environmental factors and their impact on biota; regularities, structure and dynamics of populations; diversity, succession, stability and biogenic balance of ecosystems; evolution of ecosphere; anthropogenesis; the main cycles of biogeochemical circulation; the main local, regional and global ecological problems; structure, function and categories of protected areas, NATURA 2000 network of protected areas. 

The course introduces students to the study of contemporary forms of mediated popular culture from different theoretical and analytical perspectives. A specific focus of the course is on recent American history and various aspects of American popular culture, including pop art, scientific breakthroughs, rebellion and political advertising. Classes consist of lectures and discussions of assigned readings. Participation in discussions is required.

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