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Michael P. Brown
GEOG 276
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Political Geography

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Michael P. Brown
Date: 12/29/2010