Geography | Introduction to Political Geography
G210 | 2390 | 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
structures.  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 are two required texts for G210.
R.J. Johnston, P.J. Taylor and M. Watts (1995) GEOGRAPHIES OF GLOBAL
CHANGE.
R. Muir (1997) POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY: A NEW INTRODUCTION

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.