Advanced Area Studies

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Area Studies

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior successful study of politics/IR at university level, specifically PO5003
    Area Studies or similar.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module consolidates skills that students have been introduced to at Level 5 in terms
    of awareness of debate, inter-disciplinarity, the use of quantitative and qualitative
    sources, and comparative methods. Students? skills are further developed in drawing on
    research, in combining research from a range of sources in their own investigation in
    order to make a synthetic, evaluative study.

    AUTUMN SEMESTER: Contemporary European Protest Movements

    The module addresses theories of collective action and introduces students to the history
    of post-1945 European main protest cycles and movements. Particular attention will be
    paid to France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy. US influences on European protest
    movements such as the 1960s student movement or feminism will also be discussed.
    ? Protest and collective action: concepts and definitions
    ? Why do people protest? Contexts and Conditions of Collective Action
    ? How do people protest? Protest tactics and repertoires of contention
    ? The Labour movement
    ? Feminism and the Women?s Movement
    ? Student protest
    ? The environmental movement
    ? Anti-war and peace movements
    ? The Global Justice Movement/Occupy Movement
    ? Riots and violence

    SPRING SEMESTER: The Contemporary Balkans

    The module addresses key issues in the history, politics and international relations of the
    Balkan countries, which for the purposes of this module is broadly defined to include the
    following: Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Kosovo,
    Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. The module provides a
    historical background of Balkan history since 1800, and particularly since World War II,
    before focusing on the Balkans in the present day. It will explore in particular issues of
    national identity and nationalism; of democracy and dictatorship; of war and conflict
    resolution; and of relations between the Balkan states and between them and the
    outside world. The module encourages students to draw some general conclusions about
    the most important historical and political trends in the Balkans, and about what it is that
    defines the region as both distinctive and as part of the wider European story.
    ? The contemporary Balkans: An introduction
    ? The emergence of the modern Balkans
    ? Yugoslavia: The road to the break-up
    ? The wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina
    ? Albania, Kosovo and the fall of Milosevic
    ? The Macedonian question and Kosovo?s independence
    ? Turkey: Nationalism, Islam and the military
    ? Greece: Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy
    ? Cyprus: Independence, civil war and partition
    ? Romania and Bulgaria up to the fall of Communism
    ? Between the West and Russia: The Balkans and Euro-Atlantic integration

    Teaching: Lectures, seminars and independent research

    ? Essay/portfolio (Autumn semester)
    ? 2,500-3,000 word essay (Spring semester)
    STUDY OPTION 3: 2,500-3,000 word essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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