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Resources for prospective undergraduate students and offer-holders

Videos, recordings and documents from recent Q&A sessions, as well as brief introductions to some of our undergraduate modules*. We hope you will find them useful!

 

FAQ videos

Members of the institute's academic staff answer some of the most frequently asked questions posed over the various Q&A sessions we have held:

How is an undergraduate essay different from what I have been writing for school? How to approach writing an undergraduate essay?

Dr Malu Gatto, Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics, tackles these questions in this brief video

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What's the best way to handle the weekly reading load? What to do if I'm having trouble understanding a particular article?

Dr Katherine Saunders-Hastings,  Lecturer in Latin American Studies

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What is the final year dissertation? How is it different from other independent work that I'll complete during my undergraduate degree?
 
Dr Nick Witham, Associate Professor of United States History
 
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What is critical thinking?

Professor Paulo Drinot, Professor of Latin American History

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Dr Nick Witham delivering a general talk on our BA History and Politics of the Americas programme, during an UG open day 2019.

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and sharing with us his view on what it's like to study and work at UCL Americas
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Research interests and module overview videos

Some of our academics would like to offer a general overview of what their research is about and of the modules* they have prepared for the coming academic year. We hope you will find them useful and encourage you to come and study with us.

Research interests

Dr Malu Gatto, Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics at UCL Americas, shares with us a brief overview of her areas of expertise and research interests.

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Professor (Emeritus) Iwan Morgan is one of the country's leading experts in the study of the US presidency. Here are some of his comments on this fascinating area of research:

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Module overviews

Professor Jonathan Bell, Director of the UCL Institute of the Americas, gives us a brief overview of some the undergraduate modules he convenes:

AMER0046: Protest Politics in the USA from the New Deal to Trump

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and

AMER0064: Queer USA: The Politics of Sexual Minorities in the USA from the Great Depression to the Reagan Era (please note this module is not being offered for 2020/21)

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Dr Malu Gatto, Assistant Professor of Latin American Politics, gives us a brief introduction to her module AMER0052: Gender, Politics, and Society in the Americas.

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FAQs

You may also find the answers to some of your questions in the documents enclosed here below, provided by academic staff and current students: