Baltic Practice 2014 - the fun has just begun!
1 июля 2014
The first day was devoted to the drivers of democratic change in Europe and Russia: values and actors. The main focus was on the protest public as an actor and riots, revolts and revolutions as a means of change.
The groups held workshops and discussion clubs, which gave the students a chance to work together with experts in an informal atmosphere. Another important thing is that right from the start, students need to present and develop the topic of their scientific interest, and they then receive feedback from highly qualified international scholars and practitioners in political and social sciences, media studies, law, philology and economics. This is exactly the time to challenge oneself and become a true researcher.
The first day concluded with a discussion “Research Frontiers in Measuring and Explaining Democratization and Good Governance”, moderated by professors Mahama Tawat and Dmitry Zaytsev. The discussion concentrated on three topics: measurement of democracy, national identity and discursive environment. The students worked in groups to propose their measurement scales, and then presented and defended their choices of concept, their breakdown of measurable indicators and their proposed methods and scale of measurement.
Finally, the day finished with a professor and student meeting. Here students could exercise their social control and civic involvement into the decision-making process. Each group delegated a representative to observe student grading and participated in setting the next day's agenda. The topic of the final debates offers the chance for for the teams to present their arguments and undermine their opponents’ positions with tricky questions on the following issue: will it be science, arts and culture or business and economic relations which can bridge the growing gap between Russia and Europe?