Coursework: POLI 464D (3 credits) and POLI 464F (3 credits)
This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body composed of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.
This Global Seminar is a combination of POLI 464D (T2, Winter 2017) and 464F (Summer Term 2018). Students accepted into 464F will also be accepted into 464D. Satisfactory performance in 464D is required to progress to 464F. 464D and 464F are currently blocked from registration as only accepted students will be enrolled.
This field research course (464F) builds on and enhances a UBC-based undergraduate seminar (464D). The seminar introduces participants to several key actors and dynamics in contemporary African interstate politics, explored partly through an extended case study: on-going instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Students also work in small groups to independently research a second contemporary African security issue of their group’s choice. The Field Research Course allows POLI 464D graduates to deepen their understanding of African international politics and of their chosen security issue. Still working in their research groups, and with faculty guidance, they will seek interviews with diplomats, officials, and other experts in and around the African Union headquarters to learn how these actors perceive this issue and the obstacles to resolving it. After returning to UBC, students will present their conclusions at a research conference, compile a research portfolio, and provide a written reflection on their fieldwork experience.
Both courses in this Global Seminar will be taught by Dr. Katharina Coleman, Associate Professor. Dr. Lisa Sundstrom will join Dr. Coleman in teaching 464F.