Political Geography and International Conflict|
Fall 2008 not offered
All politics are embedded in geographical space. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the often underappreciated role of geography - both natural and constructed - in historical and contemporary international conflicts (and in their aftermath). The course will begin with an introduction to the theories of geopolitics, economics, and the spatial distribution of territory that have (both explicitly and implicitly) informed both the strategic calculations and operational behavior of political and military leaders across the ages. Thereafter we will move onto a deeper exploration of these concepts by examining them through the lens of a variety of historical cases, from ancient Greece to the modern-day United States. In exploring the cases, we will utilize primary and secondary sources, as well as maps, charts, political cartoons, and an array of other historical documents and graphical resources.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: GOVT155 OR GOVT157
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There are two requirements for this class. The first is a research paper of approximately 25 pages. A great deal of latitude will be permitted vis-à-vis the topic and format of the paper. Students will be asked to present their research projects to the rest of the class at some point during the term. The timing of this presentation will coincide with the presentation of the related topic(s) in class. Thus some students will likely present proposals of their projects early in the term, while others will present something more akin to their findings later in the term. In addition, all students should plan to meet with me individually in early October to discuss their proposed topic, as well as in mid-to-late November to discuss project progress. The second course requirement is attendance and active participation in the seminar. You are expected to do the readings, attend class, and actively contribute to the discussion; however, you will not be graded on the quantity of your participation, but rather on the quality of it. As part of class participation, students may also be called upon to lead class discussions and debates.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisite(s): GOVT155 or GOVT 157 and upper-division status; students will likely also find previous coursework in European, American, and/or world history helpful, if not strictly necessary.
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