GEO2047 : Political Geography
GEO2047 : Political Geography
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Benwell
- Lecturer: Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Craig Jones, Dr Ingrid A. Medby
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
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
PART 1: Introduction to political geography
PART 2: SPACE AND SOVEREIGNTY
This first part of the module will look at historical and contemporary configurations of space and sovereignty. It considers the emergence of, and challenges to, the modern state.
PART 3: GEOPOLITICS
Having looked at the formation of the system of sovereignty, this section of the module considers how states and other polities relate to each to each other internationally – geopolitics.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
By the end of the course the student will:
1. Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the tenets and background of political geography and will be able to critically evaluate the position of the sub-discipline in relation to broader geographical enquiry.
2. Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sovereignty claims and space and will have a background in a broad range of case studies.
3. Be able to critically assess the production of geopolitical knowledge and will have an understanding of the various means by which this knowledge is communicated and reproduced.
4. Be able to critically evaluate concepts such as state, nation and territory.
Intended Skill Outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have developed:
1. The ability to summarise, assess, explain and critically evaluate different theories and arguments.
2. The ability to formulate, present, defend and revise reasoned arguments in the contexts of individual writing, group discussion, and the public sphere.
3. The ability to engage in public debate by writing letters for publication in national, regional and local newspapers
4. The ability to recognise, interpret and critically evaluate the political geographic content of everyday life, as experienced across a range of quotidian sites including landscapes, news media, films, novels, and places of work.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||2:00||40:00||Lectures - PiP|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||42:00||42:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||114:00||114:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||Optional reading seminars - PiP|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||Assessment drop-ins/workshops - 1 PiP|
Jointly Taught With
|GEO2121||Political Geography (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)|
|GEO2122||Political Geography (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||60||In-person, open book exam.|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||40||Pre-recorded oral presentation on PowerPoint.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assessment 1 assesses knowledge and understanding of core political geographic concepts and application, and ability to summarise, assess, explain and evaluate different theories and arguments and relate module material to the real world in a way that promotes active engagement in public debate (for pedagogical rationale see reference below). Assessment 2 builds on this by emphasising in detail critical understanding of one part of the module. The assessment weighting is balanced to reflect development over the year.
Past Exam Papers
For pedagogical reasons, there are no online teaching slots offered. This is because the emphasis is on 2-hour in-person lecture slots which include activities such as class discussion and debate, rather than separate compulsory seminars.
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