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Political Area Studies

Political Science
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the field of area studies and the study of regionalism. We will present you the key regional areas around the globe, as well as the main regional international institutions. Then, we will look at the relationship between these regions, the international system and the state’s foreign policies. Lastly, we will focus on the concept of regional orders.

Course Content

1. History and development of Area Studies

2. Theories of Regionalism

3. Key regional areas around the globe

  a) Africa

  b) Asia-Pacific Rim

  c) Europe

  d) Maghreb

  e) Middle East

  f) North and Middle America

  g) Russia and the Eurasian Convergence Zone

  h) South America

  i) South Asia

4. Regional international institutions

  a) Arab League

  b) ASEAN

  c) AU

  d) EU

  e) NATO

  f) OAS

5. Regions and the international system

6. Regions and States’ foreign policies

7. Regional orders


Amitav Acharya, Alastair Iain Johnston - Crafting Cooperation_ Regional International Institutions in Comparative Perspective (2007)

Barry Buzan, Ole Waever - Regions and Powers_ The Structure of International Security - Cambridge University Press (2004)

Saul Bernard Cohen - Geopolitics_ The Geography of International Relations - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2014)