Media Literacy and Democracy: Baltic Perspective

Events | | 10-03-2018, 08:20

Baltic International Summer School

June 19 – 30, 2018

Our values, attitudes, and behavior are constantly tested by disinformation, fake news, attempts of spinning and twisting the reality and defining normality. They are often difficult to grasp and their relationship to various political, economic, or personal agendas initially may seem unclear. The aim of this intensive program is to make students more perceptive media users and content producers, able to take an analytical and critical approach towards their media use.

During this course, students will improve their civic online reasoning skills and become better equipped to critically analyze media messages, understand how propaganda and disinformation are built and spread among various media audiences, and create their own stories about how to strengthen people`s resistance towards disinformation campaigns and hostile information operations. The course also focuses on issues of cultural diversity and media representation of marginalized groups.


The course credits: 3 ECTS (6 ECTS for US students).


The requirements: attendance of all lectures and seminars, and participation in the group project (four individual and collaborative blog postings, production and presentation of a short video).


Preliminary programme is here.


Programme fee: EUR 711

Fee includes: 

  • tuition (language classes, lectures, workshops)    
  • culture and social events
  • study trips and excursions, including 1 full day trip
  • course materials and equipment
  • accommodation in a single room in a student hostel
  • breakfast and lunch
  • welcome and farewell dinners


Scholarships are available for the course, there are four types of participation:


1. Partner University


2. VIAA Scholarship - Latvia Government scholarship


The call for applications is open on 1 March 2018, the deadline is 4 May 2018.


I. Application conditions*


Students – citizens of the following countries can apply for the scholarship: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Peru, South Korea, Tajikistan, The People`s Republic of China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America, Spain, Ukraine, Indonesia, Slovakia.


Only students, academic and research staff of foreign higher education institutions are eligible for the Latvian scholarship for participation in summer schools.


III. Financial provisions

The amount of the Latvian scholarship granted by the VIAA for summer school is 711 EUR per person for the duration of the summer school.


3. Student or exchange student of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

4. Self-financed participation


More information can be obtained here.