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Бакалавриат 2019/2020

Политическая география

Статус: Курс обязательный (Политология и мировая политика)
Направление: 41.03.04. Политология
Когда читается: 4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 6

Course Syllabus


The course will cover the influence of geographical factors on politics and foreign policy, territoriality as a main organizing principle of the modern state, as well as the structure of the political space of all continents and specifically Russia.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to shape adequate, robust and credible perceptions about political-territorial structure of the contemporary world and the reasons and consequences of its transformations
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • identifies the difference between territorial and non-territorial polities
  • knows the current state of affairs in the theoretical debate on the influence of geography on state institutions and prosperity
  • knows the differences between Asia's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows the differences between Africa's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows how colonial legacy affects Africa's institutions and borders
  • knows the differences between Latin America's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows how colonial legacy affects Latin America's institutions and borders
  • understand the role of geographic factors in the political and economic development of the US and Canada
  • understands the role of geographic factors in the political and economic development of Russia
  • knows major theories of classical geopolitics
  • critically evaluates geopolitical theories and ideas
  • critically evaluates geopolitical ideas present in the Russian public discourse
  • knows the political map of Europe
  • knows the political map of Asia
  • knows the political map of Africa
  • knows the political map of Latin America
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The history of political geography. Political geography and geopolitics
    What is political geography? The stages of development of political geography. Geopolitics: geography and foreign policy. The difference between political geography and geopolitics.
  • Territorial state: how is it studied by political geographers. Geography and institutions
    Space, place, and territory. What is territoriality? Territoriality as one of the main features of the modern state. Geographical factors and political outcomes: political geography versus geographic determinism.
  • Political geography of Europe. Empires, poleis, nation-states
    History of the political map of Europe. From non-territorial to territorial polities. Sub-regions of the European continent.
  • Political geography of Asia
    Political diversity of the Asian continent. Sub-regions of Asia. Quality of institutions in Asia. Major territorial conflicts.
  • Political geography of Africa
    Geography and institutions in Africa. Colonial origins of African states. African borders: why they are arbitrary and why they persist.
  • Political geography of Latin America
    Geography and quality of institutions in Latin America. The structure of Latin American space. Latin America and Africa compared: similar origins of states and borders, but different outcomes.
  • Political geography of North America
    Geography and institutions in North America. Structure of space. The role of frontiers.
  • Political geography of Russia
    Russian geography and institutions. Russia's size and climate: impediments for development and opportunities. Inner politico-geographic divisions.
  • Regional integration groups at the world map
    Integration groups in the modern world. Geographical factors of regional integration. Integration groups with and without a hegemon.
  • Geopolitics: state-centric tradition
    Classical geopolitics. The idea of Lebensraum. Classical geopolitics and imperialism.
  • Geopolitics: structuring the world
    Types of international systems: polarity. Geography and international relations: geographic structure of the world.
  • Geopolitics of Great Powers: US and China
    Geographic factors of the US and China's foreign policies. China as a rising power.
  • Geopolitics of Great Powers: Russia
    Geographic factors in Russian foreign policy. Geopolitical imaginaries of Russia: European or Eurasian power?
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in seminar activities
  • non-blocking Outline map quizzes
  • non-blocking Revision test
    There will be one preliminary test at the first seminar that is not graded and one test covering the material of the preceding lectures and seminars. The date of the test will be announced in advance.
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.15 * Outline map quizzes + 0.29 * Participation in seminar activities + 0.26 * Revision test


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Agnew, J. A., & Muscarà, L. (2012). Making Political Geography (Vol. 2nd ed). Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=442867

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Flint, C., & Taylor, P. J. (2014). Political Geography : World-economy, Nation-state and Locality (Vol. 6th ed). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=782852