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

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.