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Political Geography and International Conflict

GOVT 386
Fall 2010 not offered
Certificates: International Relations

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we will utilize primary and secondary sources, as well as maps, charts, political cartoons, and an array of other historical documents and graphical resources.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: GOVT155 OR GOVT157
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)

Last Updated on APR-24-2024
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