CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The emphasis of the course is on enhancing the students’ awareness of language and the psychological power and impact that words have. Vocabulary enhancement and developing an increased knowledge of current affairs is also an integral part of the course. A well-rounded and well-educated person is one who has a broad knowledge and appreciation of the world around them.

 Students need to learn that academic writing is a completely different genre than the English that they use in everyday communication and they need to master it if they are to do well in their studies. For the majority of them, this is very difficult to comprehend.

Students will also be expected to take part in class discussion and to always justify their viewpoints and opinions.

There is NO right and wrong, but there does need to be a reasoned opinion behind responses.

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

The course is an introductory survey of Legal English for beginning RGSL law students intended to serve closely these students’ specific needs for proficiency (and later mastery) of Legal English during their educations and subsequent work lives. Class sessions focus on core language acquisition skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) via broad legal concept and area introduction paired with daily skill and vocabulary practice in class and between classes, individually and in small groups. The course provides keystone vocabulary, an introduction to legal research and writing tasks in English, and practice with oral advocacy supportive of students’ learning and performance in subsequent courses. A comparative perspective (a bridge from students’ home legal systems and languages) on the legal concepts and areas introduced supports students’ individual academic advancement. Students additionally develop study strategies and legal and academic research skills through use of online law and lawyering resources. They develop personalized glossary notebooks which they can further expand during their subsequent law courses in English.

CREDITS 1 (LV) 1.5 (ECTS) - 15 Contact Hours

Study course Environmental Science and Sustainability is multidisciplinary and focuses on the sustainable concepts of Environment, Natural Processes in frame of Circular Economy & Technology. Materials and energy in nature and industry transform in cyclic way by human actions and this course provides moderate to advanced understanding of various processes of these transformations from the perspectives of the environment and sustainability. The course additionally contains actual discussions on sustainable natural ecosystems and their valuation as well as environmental management important for decision makers, authorities, lawyers and business people. This course is giving the wider perspective how society is changing the attitudes and shifting the process from linear (open loop) systems (production-product-waste) to closed loop circular economy system or ‘beyond the zero waste system’ where wastes become inputs for new processes and so on. Significant part of the course is devoted to Environmental Health and Legislation studied through real case studies and workshops together with students.

CREDITS 1 (LV) 1,5 (ECTS) - 16 Contact Hours

Course examines the role of Civil Protection system in Latvia (as in framework of the EU and NATO), its organization and management structure, and main tasks of the system’s subjects. The course explores the disaster management principles and planning aspects, analyses the legal and practical measures of cooperation among state, local government and other stakeholders during disaster situations. Course gives an insight on possible daily dangerous situations and threats, considers and provides safe behaviour principles and actions during such situations. Course ensures that students obtain general knowledge on disaster medical system and the role and practical implication of the first aid.