Politics for Journalists 2016

The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga invites journalists to evening course with Ieva Birka.

The aim of the course will be to acquaint journalists with the basics of political science, while at the same time applying the theoretical knowledge to the global context, and specifically concentrating on understanding the Latvian case.  The lectures will be based around topics commonly discussed in the public forum such as; what is a nation state, who constitutes the nation, populism and its impact on political parties and elections, Latvia’s role and influence in the European Union and international organizations, polling data and its application to the political decision making process, the role of the media in the political process, and in-depth discussion of some of the most urgent problems facing Latvia such as migration, integration, inequality, and the lack of social trust.

Topics & Format

Each seminar is 3 hours long from 18:00-21:00.

October 4, 2016           Nation, State, and Democracy

October 11, 2016         Elections and Political Parties

October 18, 2016         Political Decision Making and Latvia in World Politics

October 25, 2016         Politics and Information

November 1, 2016       Current Problems Facing Latvia and the World

The lectures will be supplemented with guest talks by some of Latvia’s leading experts.

Upon completion of the programme, the participants will receive a Certificate issued by the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga.


Ieva Birka received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Latvia in 2014. In 2015, she was appointed as the Juris Padegs Research Fellow in the Baltic Studies Program at Yale University. From 2013-2014, she was a SCIEX Fellow at the University of Lucerne in Political Science working on a research project titled “Dual Citizenship – Endangering or Strengthening the National Community?”  Dr. Birka earned her MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, with Merit, from the London School of Economics in 2004, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2003.  She is the author and co-author of several publications in peer reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of Baltic Studies, CEU Political Science Journal, and Patterns of Prejudice.


20 scholarships are available.
Application Deadline: 30 September, 2016

Please fill in the application form here >


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If you have any questions, or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Project Manager
Sabine Sile-Eglite
(+371) 28357783