Social and Political Critical Studies (MA)
Programme Objectives and Competencies Acquired
The basic aim of the programme is to equip students with skills to analyze social and political
processes in a way that not only reflects their political and social realities, but which examines and
cares for the human self-expression and existence manifest in these processes.
The steps to achieving the goals of the program are: analysis of social and political processes; analysis
and conveyance in scholarly form of the intellectual (social, political, artistic, philosophical) traditions
of various Central and Eastern European countries; teaching social and political theses formulation,
essay and scientific articles writing and criticism, as well as to foster debate and dialogue amongst all
the program’s participants; inducement to creative combine personal social and political experiences of
students with already existing bodies of social and political criticism; conversance with trends in
contemporary social, political, and economic thought and methods; development of student abilities
for creative thinking, innovative expression, and original scientific research; preparation of public
intellectuals and citizens capable of significant social and political contributions to society-graduates
who will help guarantee the free development of democratic society; provision of teaching and
research opportunities for permanent faculty and visiting professors in their respective fields of study.
Graduates will have a possibility to work in state, non-governmental, international and private
institutions; permanent representations to international organizations; at economy units; at educational
This programme is accreditated by Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education which belongs to ENIC/NARIC network. The diploma is recognizes all over the world.
International Student Requirements:
• Bachelor / Master degree diploma and its supplement (transcript of records / mark sheet) in the original language and translated into English, and:
1) Approved by “Appostille” - for citizens of countries acceding to the 1961 Hague Convention;
2) Legalized by the Center of Quality Assessment in Higher Education (www.skvc.lt) in Lithuania - for other countries citizens;
• Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, ELTC, etc.);
• Letter of motivation (300 – 500 words);
• Curriculum vitae;
• Notary certified copy of your passport or other document of identification;
• Copy of document showing paid application fee 50 EUR (where the name of the applicant and the date of payment are indicated);
• 2 recent passport size photos (3 x 4 cm);
• Accommodation form.
All application documents must arrive at the International Office at VMU by the application deadline and must be either in English or Lithuanian language. The translation must be certified by a Notary.