This module aims to introduce students to the history of politically organised space and the territorial origins and characteristics of the Westphalian state system. Throughout the module you will review the changing manner in which political geography and geopolitics have covered questions of international boundaries over time. Additionally, you will develop a familiarisation with the methods by which territory may be acquired in international law and gain a working knowledge of the principles, problems and practicalities involved in ocean boundary-making. The module seeks to appraise students of the various debates existing in political and international studies over the importance of international boundaries and state territory.
Please note that this is indicative and may change from year to year.
20 (2hour) lectures
Module assessment - more information
One three hour examination (50%); one 4,000 word essay (50%)