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This exciting and innovative programme embraces courses on both North and Latin America, with compulsory study of both regions. It focuses on inter-American and on Latin/North American global relations. The course will combine breadth with (especially in relation to the 15,000 word dissertation) the depth appropriate for this level of study.
Expanding on various University priorities, including internationalisation and student engagement with policy practice the programme will provide a detailed and systematic understanding of the International Relations of the Americas both with regard to inter-American relations and relations with the world beyond the Americas. It is intended to provide contemporary and historical perspectives on the International Relations of the Americas and to situate this empirical knowledge within general theories of international relations and foreign policy analysis. The programme aims to introduce students to skills essential for the analytic study of the International Relations of the Americas and assessment of the hemispheric and global issues currently facing foreign policy-makers in the nation-states of the Americas.
To ensure study of the North and South of the Americas, students take one compulsory module, International Politics of Latin America (15 credits), and at least one from either Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy (15 credits) or Canada and the Americas (15 credits). They additionally choose one module from two specified research-skills options, and 45 credits of further substantive-subject options from a broader range of modules. The final element of the programme is the research dissertation of 15,000 words.
There are three core elements. Depending on the focus of study, students may chose between a Latin American and Caribbean OR USA focused research course, and between a USA OR Canadian focused foreign relations course.
ONE course from:
- AMERG001: Researching the Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean
- AMERG002: Researching the Americas: The USA
All students take:
- AMERGTBC: International Politics of Latin America
ONE course from:
- AMERG011: Post-Cold War US Foreign Policy
- AMERGTBC: In Uncle Sam's Shadow: Canada and the Americas since 1898