Unit of Study

For the LA field school, students will complete a series of pre-departure lectures, listen to pre-recorded lectures and complete readings, before departing for the US. All of these lectures and readings are mandatory, regardless if you are recieving credit for the program.

Pre-departure Lecture Schedule is still TBC. please note that there will be some in person meetings the week of 5 February so please insure you can make this

*Please note that prior to one of these lectures, all insurance, contact details and specific accomodation details, will be distributed.


If students wish to receive credit for this program, they must enrol in USSC6910 after they recieve an offer for the program. This unit is currently cross listed (and will count as an elective unit toward your degree) with the following postgraduate degrees: Master of US Studies, Master of International Relations, Master of International Security, Master of International Studies & Master of Public Policy. If you are enrolled in a Masters program not listed, please email Amelia to discuss options for credit.

*Please note that all students will be required to complete assesments and readings as noted in the course outline regardless of recieving credit for the program. This is to ensure that all students gain the most from their time in LA. This will allow for better discussions with classmates, guest lecturers and allow you to engage fully during site visits.

Please find below the schedule of assessments (for credit and not for credit). This is subject to change, so please refer to this page for updates.

Jan 2018: Reading & pre-recorded lectures (all students). Engage with e-learning site and check announcements (all Students) Choose research topic and preliminary work on paper (for credit students).

Feb 5-9: Consultations with coordinator on research projects (earlier if req. Credit students). Finalization of research projects (for credit students). Introductions with coordinator (non-credit students). Pre-departure meet-ups with group. Pre-departure review and readings on experts, sites, and LA (all students).

Feb 15-March 1: Visit to LA. Site visits, briefings, review bios and information on experts and sites.

End of March: Post-departure debrief presentation (credit students, optional for non-credit students).