GEOG2019: POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOPOLITICS
Convenor: Dr Jason Dittmer
Unit Value: 0.5unit Year 2 Term 1
Brief Course Description
A lecture-based course designed to explore relationships between power and space via an engagement with political geography and geopolitics.
Political geography and geopolitics have been around for more than a hundred years as fields of enquiry concerned with the spatial constitution of politics, the state and international relations. They take as their starting point the complementary insights that politics and power are fundamentally spatial and that geographic space is infused with power and political potentiality. This course considers a variety of ways of thinking about political geography and geopolitics in light of a number of empirical concerns. It both explores the history and current state of political geography and geopolitics as fields of enquiry, and examines a series of issues from the vantage point of the spatiality and materiality of politics and power.
1. Introduction (AB)
2. Spaces of Political Power (AB)
3. Neo-liberalism (AB)
4. Material Politics (AB)
5. Territory (JD)
6. International Relations (JD)
7. Critical Geopolitics (JD)
8. War (AI)
9. Peace (AI)
10. Security (AI)
Method of Teaching
Form of Assessment
Pre-requisites and Relationship with other courses
Students wishing to take GEOG3071: Political Geography and Geopolitics II in year three should take this course in year two.
Cox, K., Low, M., and Robinson, J. eds. (2008) The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography London : SAGE.
Dodds, K. (2007) Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press
Painter, J. and Jeffrey, A. (2009) Political Geography Thousand Oaks: SAGE