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Political Geography and International Conflict
GOVT 386 FA
All politics are embedded in geographical space. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the often under-appreciated role of geography┐both natural and constructed┐in historical and contemporary
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 then move onto a deeper exploration of these concepts, by examining them through the lens of a
of historical cases, from ancient Greece to modern day USA. 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we will utilize primary and secondary sources, as well as maps, charts, political cartoons, and an array of other historical documents
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
There are two requirements for this class. The first is a research paper of approximately 25 pages. A great deal of latitude will be permitted vis-Ó-vis the topic and format of the paper. Students will be asked to
present their research projects to the
rest of the class at some point during the term. The timing of this presentation will coincide with the presentation of the related topic(s) in class. Thus some students will likely present proposals of their projects
early in the term, while others
will present something more akin to their findings later in the term. In addition, all students should plan to meet with me individually in early October to discuss their proposed topic, as well as in mid-to-late
November to discuss project progress. Th
e second course requirement is attendance and active participation in the seminar. You are expected to do the readings, attend class, and actively contribute to the discussion; however, you will not be graded on the
quantity of your participation, but
rather on the quality of it. As part of class participation, students may also be called upon to lead class discussions and debates.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Prerequisite(s): GOVT155 or GOVT 157 and upper-division status; students will likely also find previous coursework in European, American, and/or world history helpful, if not strictly necessary.
Gen Ed Area Dept:
GOVT155 OR GOVT157
Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Greenhill,Kelly M.
- Times: .M..... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDDB6;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 15)
- SR. major: 8 Jr. major: 7
- SR. non-major: 0 Jr. non-major: 0 SO: X FR: X
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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