Geography | Introductory Political Geography
G210 | 2477 | Conway


The contemporary world is undergoing dramatic restructuring.
Political orders, economies, institutions, and global environments are
experiencing rapid change.  New geo-political landscapes are emerging.
This 200-level course synthesizes geographical approaches with those
of other social science (cognate) disciplines, political science,
environmental studies, political-economy.  The course stresses the
importance of the geo-political nature of the organization of space
and the processes which give rise to nations and states, national,
regional and international crises, conflict development and
resolution, and the expanding roles of geo-political institutions in
the contemporary world.  The importance of historical explanation is
not overlooked, but we do focus on the contemporary world and
specifically reference current geo- political issues and problems.

The main academic objective is for the students to gain a better
understanding of the evolving "new world (dis)order" and its geo-
political structuring.  Students should begin to make sense of the
hierarchical linkages of structures   movements of capital and of
people, institutions, societies and economies   which connect
international, national, regional and community-level systems in
today's world.  Geographical perspectives provide the intellectual
window on this emerging complexity.

There will be three exams which will account for seventy five percent
of your final grade (20% for each mid-term & 35% for the final exam).
There will also be an individual research paper which will count for
the remaining twenty five percent of the grade.  G210 fulfills the
SHSI distribution requirement.