Vytautas Magnus University

Kaunas, Lithuania

Available Courses

The course introduces students to computer graphics and its practical use in creating various visualizations. The course
covers various computer graphics techniques and algorithms to form and manipulate 2D and 3D objects, create
visual realism, and enhance video quality. During the course, students will learn fundamental algorithms and techniques andgain the knowledge necessary to understand and augment the latest innovations in computer graphics. WebGL graphics
library is used through laboratory exercises to provide the student’s opportunity to gain practical experience in
programming graphical applications

The course will explore creative non-fiction, or “new journalism,” writing styles, with particular emphasis on storytelling techniques. Students will study a range of different formats and rhetorical situations 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 joint statehood were 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 Lithuania being divided today? How and why is history teaching differently in the schools of neighboring states? From this perspective, what is the context
of contemporary propaganda wars and geopolitical tensions? Where are the boundaries between national narratives and critical history, story, and science?

The course offers an overview of 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, allowing students to learn about cultural phenomena in a broader 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.

The aim of this course is to study the basics of the managerial decision-making (MDM) in organizations. In this course
students acquire the basic knowledge of the MDM, gain skills in analysing and developing the rational MDM process, applying
project management tools, learn to identify, assess and managethe impact of behavioural MDM factors – individual behaviour,
social and organizational context.

This course will introduce the theories and practices of media studies.

The aim of this course is to study the theoretical and practical aspects of the leadership process. In this course students acquire the basic knowledge of leadership phenomenon; obtain the ability to analyze leadership theories and concepts; recognize and analyze the styles of leadership. Main topics: understanding, content, objectives, and subjects of leadership; leadership theories and concepts; the main activities and roles of leaders in organizations; the team building basics and the team leader; the problems and challenges of leadership in XXI century.

Ecological forestry for the students provides knowledge about forest structure, and it‘s management on tree,
stands, and landscape levels, forest dynamics and disturbance, forest diversity, and environmentally friendly
management, as well as forest certification. After completing the course student should be able to apply the knowledge in the practice of managing forest ecosystems in environmentally and biodiversity-friendly ways. This course educates tender and respect on Lithuanian forest.
and urge rational forest use.

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. Teaching methods used in the course: theoretical lectures, seminars and in-class discussions, team-based presentations.

The course analyzes classical and contemporary approaches to studying social inequality and
exclusion and presents their different conceptions. The topics covered during the course include functions and
dysfunctions of social stratification, the construction of social differences, theories of class, social mobility, subjective welfare, happiness and lifestyle, and survival strategies of the underclass and marginalized social groups.

The purpose of the study subject is to enable students to acquire knowledge of factors affecting living organisms,ecosystem structure and interactions, development and evolution of biosphere components, diversity of natural resources, trends in their use, principles of sustainable development

The course focuses on positive aspects of personality and their role in individual and community mental health
promotion and prevention. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand terms and definitions related to positive psychology and understand principles of positive psychology on the individual, interpersonal (social), and institutional levels, i.e., positive emotions, humor, character strengths and virtues, subjective well-being, psychological well-being, etc.

This course will look at the popular culture of the United States of America and how it’s portrayed in the media. We
will pay special attention to current trends in film, tv, music, art, books and comics, social media, and video games. Our
focus will be on the interaction and intersection of these artifacts with current cultural and social issues.

The course aims to provide basic knowledge about the main components of different political systems and the inter-relations between the core political institutions within the political process. During the course, the types and functions of political systems will be studied; the legislative, executive, and judicial power; party and election systems; functioning principles of democracy and autocracy, political leadership; political ideologies; the role of the Constitution and
political institutions, citizens’ involvement, and the media’s role in the political process will be analyzed.