Cyprus: Contested Borders in the Heart of the Mediterranean

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cyprus: Contested Borders in the Heart of the Mediterranean

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Intermediate level POL or IA (200 level)/ European history course / or permission by the instructor. Students will pay a fee to cover the cost of the field-study trip.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Cyprus today raises a number of interesting issues for its history, geography, culture, religion, economy and politics. The field study trip to Cyprus is used in order to apply the IR theories learned in class to this relevant case study, and illustrate the practice of many IR issues (e.g. the politics of contested borders; EU-Turkish negotiations; religion and politics; democracy; energy politics; internal national conflict/separatism; the political impact of the EU’s response to the Great Recession; and human rights). The course integrates classroom learning with seminars from distinguished lecturers, cultural experiences and informal encounters. The field trip will rely on local contacts (e.g. politicians, journalists, diplomats, members of the academia and of think tanks, NGOs and IGOs), which will be asked to brief us on the political and geopolitical relevance of the Cyprus issue nationally and internationally.

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