|DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY|
University of Toronto
GGR 439S -- Global Political Geography
|Professor Alana Boland|
email: boland 'at' geog.utoronto.ca
office: Sidney Smith 5006
This course provides an introduction to classical and contemporary geopolitical theories. While we will obviously be considering 'real' changes in the geography of international politics, we will do this through an examination of different and competing forms of what many scholars refer to as the geopolitical imagination. How has the geographic logic of the international (or global) political order changed over the last century? The first half of the class will cover a more historical progression of geopolitical reasoning from early twentieth century imperial rivalries, to the Cold War period, to the post-Cold War era - a time that some have called the 'end of history.' The second half of the term will focus on current theoretical struggles surrounding the new geopolitics of a world where geography, like history, was supposed to matter no more. Through readings on geopolitics and the environment, feminist challenges to critical geopolitics, and social movements, we will explore efforts at refashioning geopolitics in light of changes to how we understand and are experiencing the effects of scale, space and power in global politics.
NOTE: This course will be run as a seminar and will require students to complete readings and written assignments on a weekly basis. The first assignment will be due in Week #2 (Jan 13). I assume all students will attend Week #1 (even if you are not yet enrolled but hope to get in the class). This first session will be important for you to learn about the format and expectations for this course.
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|Last update: December 10 2009|