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Introduction to the Areas


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This course runs parallel with the Introduction to Area Studies course
and will introduce students to some of the problems facing various areas and the challenge in studying them. Lectures will be supported and accompanied by various music, film, television and other media examples.

Introduction to the areas:

14/09 Western Europe prof.dr. A. Visser 21/09 North America dr. J.C. Kardux, prof.dr. G. Scott-Smith 28/09 Latin America prof.dr. P. Silva, dr. J.C. Gomez Aguiar 05/10 East Asia prof.dr. I.B. Smits 12/10 South and South East Asia prof.dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe-Samarasi, prof.dr. D.E.F. Henley 19/10 Sub-Sahara Africa prof.dr. M.P.G.M. Mous 02/11 Russia and Eurasia prof.dr. A.W.M. Gerrits, prof.dr. J. Schaeken, dr. O.F. Boele 09/11 Middle East dr. H.P.A. Theunissen, dr. T. NalbantianIntroduction to the languages:

27/09 Dutch, French, Spanish dr. M.A.F. Klamer 18/10 Afrikaans, Indonesian, Spanish, Hindi dr. M.A.F. Klamer 08/11 Russian, Arabic dr. M.A.F. Klamer### Course objectives

After this course, students are able to make a reasoned choice for an area and a corresponding language. They can argue their choice in an objective, coherent manner. They can support their argument with information taken from various sources, having digested both the Introduction in class, and a substantial body of academic literature.


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

One four hour seminar every week.

Assessment method



Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list



The student administration will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable