Full course description
This course aims to provide an introduction into the study of a contemporary “area”, i.e. country, of the students’ own choice. It focuses upon both domestic and international aspects relative to a country’s political, social and cultural life and/or its involvement with other countries or international actors such as the European Union. It does so by means of self-directed research carried out by students in close cooperation with a tutor who guides his or her students through the complete research process. Students will engage with past or on-going aspects of their chosen country's social, cultural or political life by means of movies, documentaries, newspaper articles, music etc.
At the end of this course, the students have: • Acquired a good knowledge of the “area”, i.e. country, of their choice; • Improved their research skills (define and delineate research topic; formulate research questions; carry out the actual research; reflect upon the data in the light of theoretical perspectives; etc.) and their presentation abilities
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