Michael P. Brown
Examines both the geography of politics and the politics of geography at a variety of spatial scales and in different global locations. Typical topics include: geographies of the state and state power; geopolitics and globalization; national and local politics, and other politics of culture, health, nature, and the body.
1. The relation between politics and geography 2. Geopolitics 3. Geographies of the state and nation 4. Local and micro political geographies 5. Politics of the environment
Student learning goals
To understand politics from a geographical perspective
To learn about key themes and debates within political geography
To learn about specific places political geographers have studied
To practice relating theoretical concepts to empirical situations
To Develop basic research skills of conceptualization, data collection, data analysis, and data presentation.
To hone your reading, writing, and oral-presentation skills for upper-division courses.
General method of instruction
Lecture, class discussion.
No prerequisites are required. The course is meant for lower division students.
Class assignments and grading
Three iterative writing assignments, a final exam and in-class participation.