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Module

GEO2047 : Political Geography

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Nick Megoran
  • Lecturer: Dr Alison Williams, Dr Craig Jones, Dr Matt Benwell
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

SEMESTER 1

Introduction to political geography

PART 1: 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 2: BOUNDARIES AND DISPLACEMENTS
Part 2 continues the discussion of space and sovereignty by looking in more detail at certain territorial aspects of statehood under construction or contestation.


SEMESTER 2
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.


Part 4: CITIZENSHIP
The final section of the module asks what it means to participate in, and to be excluded from, states,

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture172:0034:00Lecture material - either in person or online, Covid-dependent. (MB/CJ/NM/AW) - TBC
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00LECTURE – ASSESSMENT 1 INTRODUCTION
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1116:00116:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Optional reading seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Synchronous Q&A sessions ONLINE, Assessment drop-ins/workshops Staff - TBC
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Pre-recorded lecture material (NM)
Total200:00
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M602000 word essay. Set in Teaching Week 9, Semester 2.
Prof skill assessmnt1M40Pre-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.

Reading Lists

Timetable