GEO2121 : Political Geography (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)


Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module 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.

This is a wide-ranging and demanding module based on 2-hour lectures (which include participatory class discussions and debates). Lectures will only be made available on recap for a period of two-weeks after delivery.

Outline Of Syllabus


NM: Introduction I: visions of political geography
NM: Introduction II: Politics, geography, and political geography

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Lecture material - either in person or online, Covid-dependent. (MB/CJ/NM/AW) - TBC
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Lecture assessment introduction
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0061:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Optional reading seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time31:003:00Assessment drop-ins/workshops
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2047Political Geography
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. 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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M100Pre-recorded oral presentation on Powerpoint
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The pre-recorded oral presentation will provide students with the opportunity to discuss their engagement with a current, relevant, news story, and explain how they have analysed and critiqued it using concepts learnt during the module.

Reading Lists