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Global Geographies

Convenor: Dr Charlotte Lemanski, BW G12, c.lemanski@ucl.ac.uk
Lecturers: Jenny Robinson, Jason Dittmer, Caroline Bressey
Term One, 0.5 credit

This course adopts geographical approaches to explore the nature and implications of shifting patterns of global interdependence. It is organised into four modules.

Module one: the globalisation of responsibility?
The many different processes of globalisation tie the fortunes of distant people and places together. This module discusses the different ways in which global connections are forged across and through space through the theme of global responsibilities, especially in relation to the issues of sweatshops and poverty. It considers the question, to what extent are those who benefit from globalisation responsible for the misfortunes of others?

Module two: contemporary geopolitics
This module explores the critical role that geopolitical discourse plays in constituting international problems. What kinds of geopolitical discourse are there?  How are problems defined as such? What problems are defined as ‘international’, and why? Case studies (including the ‘War on Terror’, armageddon and Israel/Palestine, Arctic geopolitics, and American superheroes) illustrate a variety of contemporary geopolitical ‘problems’, each highlighting a different form of discourse.

Module three: historical geographies of protest
This module explores examples of the global links established between British and international protesters against poverty, racism, political exclusion and imperialism.  Following the links made in four historical movements – the eighteenth century revolutionary Atlantic, the campaign to abolish trans-Atlantic slavery, anti-racism, and Pan-Africanism, the module will consider the importance of geography in creating imaginative political geographies of solidarity and real geographies of protest.

Module four: to be confirmed

An examination held in the summer term accounts for 100 per cent of the total mark. The exam will consist of a written paper of three essay questions to be answered on different modules of the course.

Module one: the globalisation of responsibility?
Massey D 2004 Geographies of responsibility GeografiskaAnnaler B 86:1 5-18
Young I M 2003 From guilt to solidarity: sweatshops and political responsibility Dissent Spring 39-44

Module two: contemporary geopolitics
Dalby S 2003 Calling 911: geopolitics, security, and America’s new war Geopolitics 8:3 61-86
Dodds K 2007 Geopolitics: a very short introduction Oxford, Oxford University Press

Module three: historical geographies of protest
Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Reddiker, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.  Verso, 2000.
David Featherstone, Resistance, space and political identities, Blackwell, 20