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GEO2047 : Political Geography

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Matt Benwell
  • Lecturer: Dr Ingrid A. Medby, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Craig Jones
  • 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
ECTS Credits: 10.0
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

PART 1: Introduction to political geography

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.

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture202:0040:00Lectures - PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1114:00114:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Optional reading seminars - PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Assessment drop-ins/workshops - 1 PiP
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2121Political Geography (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO2122Political 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60In-person, open book exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
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