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Territory, State & Nation (Module)

Module description

THis module is offered subject to confirmation in March 2014.  The module may be withdrawn or may change semester.

Specific aims of the module:
To have an effective overview of political geography's historical and contemporary treatment of the questions of territoriality, state and nation. The module will give a critical introduction to evolving theory, models and typologies developed to explain patterns at the state-, regional and global levels and will explore frameworks for viewing these issues (and testing some of the ideas encountered) on a more applied regional basis in the third year of the degree

Learning Outcomes:
At the completion of the module students should be able to develop skills of verbal presentation and argument through assessed seminar presentations. They should also understand how questions of territoriality, nation and sovereignty are viewed in developing regions of the world, and gain an insight into the historical determinants of the establishment of political geography.

Module structure:
1. Introduction to territory within political geography/viewing of Christopher Hitchens' classic 1989 BBC Frontiers programme on the Cyprus conflict (RNS)
2. Traditional territorial geopolitics: Ratzel, Curzon and the boundaries and spatial characteristics of the state (RNS)
3. An introduction to the territorial state and sovereignty (EGHJ)
4. Nations and nationalism (EGHJ)
5. Territoriality, state and nation: contemporary Somalia (SK)
6. Boundaries and territorial disputes: a contemporary tour d'horizon (RNS)
7. The new geopolitics: sovereignty and hegemony in the post-Cold War world (RNS)
8. - 10. Students seminar presentations (moderated and assessed by RNS)

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

14 hrs lectures; 6 hrs seminars

Module assessment - more information

Essay (35%); Group Presentation (15%); Examination (50%)

Key information

Module code 5SSG2040

Credit level 5

Assessment written examination/s coursework oral examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module Yes