Area Studies

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Area Studies

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior successful study of introductory politics/IR at university level.

  • 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 identifies the political debates concerning selected regions of the world and
    guides students to evaluating these key debates. Students are encouraged to take an
    interdisciplinary approach connecting the study of political processes in their historical
    context, and applying development studies, international relations or human rights

    AUTUMN SEMESTER: Introduction to Middle East studies
    ? An introduction to the main contours of the study.
    ? The Middle East at the end of WW2- 1945-1950
    ? Division and unity-Nationalism and revolutions in the region
    ? Superpower rivalry (US, USSR).
    ? Oil and Politics
    ? The Iranian revolution and its aftermath
    ? Military disputes-1- The Arab Israeli wars
    ? Military disputes 2- Internal Arab disputes- Iraq Iran and the first Gulf War
    ? A new Dawn? From Camp David to Oslo
    ? The ?New Middle East?From the end of the Cold War to 9/11 and the ?Arab

    Spring- a new paradigm?

    SPRING SEMESTER: Introduction to Latin American Countries
    The aim of the Latin American segment of this module is to provide an understanding of
    the main sweep of historical events and trends, political systems and processes, actors
    and social movements in Latin America, through reference to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba,
    Central America (in particular, Guatemala), Haiti, Mexico and Venezuela.
    ? Interpreting the Conquest
    ? The Colonial Empires: 1500-1800
    ? Independence, Freedom & Progress: 1791-1898
    ? U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America I: 1823-1930
    ? Land & Liberty! The Mexican Revolution: 1910-1920
    ? Cuba: the Long Road to Independence (1898-1959)
    ? U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America II: 1930-1980s
    ? The Persistence of Peronismo: Populism in Argentina (1916-1974)
    ? Brazil: A Tale of Two Developments (1954-2000s)
    ? Venezuela?s Participatory Democracy

    Teaching: 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar weekly

    ? Autumn Semester: case study portfolio (2000 words) (50%)
    ? Spring Semester: 2-hour seen exam ? 2 essay questions (50%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: case study portfolio (2000 words) (50%)
    STUDY OPTION 3: 2-hour seen exam ? 2 essay questions

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

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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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