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Module

GEO2047 : Political Geography

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nick Megoran
  • Lecturer: Dr Craig Jones, Dr Matt Benwell, Dr Alison Williams
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the concepts, practices and disciplinary traditions of political geography. In doing so, students will be equipped with the skills to critically analyse the spatialities of political life from local to global scales.

Outline Of Syllabus

PART 1: FOUNDATIONS

NM: Introduction I: visions of political geography
NM: Introduction II: Contending visions of political geography

PART 2: SPACE AND SOVERIGNTY

NM: Sovereignty I: Territory and terrain
NM: Sovereignty II: The state of the state
MB: Sovereignty III: Indigenous sovereignties part 1
MB: Sovereignty IV: Indigenous sovereignties part 2
AW: International boundaries I: Terrestrial
AW: International Boundaries II: Maritime
NM: Summary: Sovereignty, territory and terror in Central Asia


Part 3: GEOPOLITICS
NM: Geopolitics, classical and critical
CJ: The War on Terror
MB: Popular geopolitics
NM: Environmental and Resource geopolitics

Part 4: CITIZENSHIP
MB: Geographies of citizenship
MB: Nationalism
MB: Young people and political agency
NM: The nonviolent revolution
NM+: Conclusion [NM lead, MB provide pre-recorded 15 min summary of citizenship section as podcast]
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Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Pre-recorded lecture material (MB/CJ/NM/AW)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Pre-recorded lecture material (NM)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading193:3093:30N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion181:0018:00Various activities linked each week to lecture topic.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Synchronous Q&A sessions, repeated three times, dividing the group into 3 (NM).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time181:0018:00Various activities linked each week to lecture Various activities linked each week to lecture top
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Pre-recorded lecture material (NM)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures, directed reading, and the practical teaching on submitting a letter to a media source, aim to thoroughly ground students in the concepts, practices and disciplinary traditions of political geography, to critically evaluate these, and to connect them to a broad range of case studies in the world today.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M602000 word essay. Set in Teaching Week 9, Semester 2.
Prof skill assessmnt1M40Pre-recorded oral presentation on PowerPoint.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

N/A

Reading Lists

Timetable