INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 210 Political Geography and Geopolitics Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 2 54 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Anadin Hebib, Expert Anadin Hebib Ešref Kenan Rašidagić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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The term geopolitics increasingly comes up in accounts of complex international issues, such as security, migration, and environmental degradation. But what does it mean to describe and analyze something as geopolitical? Geopolitics is the study of the relationship between space, the political and power through the examination of identity-based, territorial, political, socio-economic, and cultural dynamics. A thematic analysis of the main issues, conflicts, challenges and rules of the global order. In this course, to speak about geopolitics is to investigate the ways in which the debates about and policies toward international issues are informed by particular geographical understandings of the world. For example, it is to examine the ways in which commonsense conceptions of identity and belonging are underpinned by the idea of the nation as a territorial community. Engaging a wide range of contemporary issues from a geographical perspective , the course will help students to explain geopolitical concepts and demonstrate how they function in contemporary societies. The Course will examine the development of world politics throughout the 20th century and the modern geopolitical imagination that animates it. The Course will take approach that is broadly historical, geographical and global in scale, and will combine questions of geoeconomics in addition to geopolitical inquiry. The ultimate aim is to develop conceptual and theoretical tools to explain contemporary developments in world politics. We will look at the historical development of geopolitics and the geopolitical imagination over the past century in order to ask questions such as: What are the historical connections between the practice of imperialism and the rise of geopolitics as a science? How do we explain geopolitical rivalry in the post Cold War era, after the demise of the USSR and the triumph of liberal capitalism.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The Course will take approach that is broadly historical, geographical and global in scale, and will combine questions of geoeconomics in addition to geopolitical inquiry. The Course shall focus on the tension between two logics of political power that structure modern global politics, in both of which geography plays an important part: a territorial logic of power that has its basis in the direct control of territory, people and resources, and a more diffuse, geoeconomic logic of power that derives from the command of a rather “de-territorialized” market-based global economy. The ultimate aim is to develop conceptual and theoretical tools to explain contemporary developments in world politics.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introducing Geopolitics
  2. Imperialist Geopolitics
  3. Cold War Geopolitics and Borders and Borderlands
  4. Geopolitical Codes after Cold War
  5. Geopolitics of Identity
  6. (Re)constructing territory and (re)making world political map
  7. The end of history?
  8. Russian Geopolitics: Return of the Heartland and Russia and the West: new Cold War?
  9. American empire or end of US hegemony
  10. EU: Between Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
  11. The Foundations of Critical Geopolitics
  12. Geopolitics and geoeconomics of neoliberal globalization
  13. Boundary Geopolitics

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper115
    Final Exam140
    +Case study115%
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Understand the key concepts of political geography and geopolitics
    • Identify and discuss geopolitical agents; understand how the geopolitical agency is justified
    • Understand the global geopolitical structure
    • Understand the formal, practical i popular geopolitical reasoning
    • Explore different issues in practice of geopolitics
    • Develop the critical thinking skills.
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • Reader 2016 Political Geography and Geopolitics

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14342
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week)133
    Final Examination(1 week)133
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project236
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 54
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 2