Geopolitics is traditionally the study of power relations across geographic space. Contemporary power relations entail the five domains of land, sea, air, outer space, and cyberspace. Such relations may be competitive or cooperative, restrictive or enabling, or a combination of both. Geopolitical constructs are examined across key regions of the world, and from different perspectives. The Western tradition of geopolitics is presented alongside non-Western geopolitical thinking from rising powers and their needs. Students are introduced to the classical geopolitical theorists, the impact of technological change, the quest for resources, security of lines of communication, and new 21st century issue areas.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Introduction to Geopolitics|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of geopolitics as a mode of analysis and its historical development.
- Illustrate a competence in research, writing an academic document, and public speaking that demonstrates knowledge and insight into selected aspects of the subject.
- Demonstrate a capacity for problem-solving and applying concepts.
|*Class Participation||Tutorial preparedness and engagement||10%||Ongoing||1, 3.|
|*Interview||Interview and be interviewed in class as pairs, representing a geopolitical actor or issue (a list is provided). Submit as short report one week after each activity (20% x 2).||40%||In Consultation||1, 2, 3.|
|*Discussion Facilitation||Conduct a forum (mini conference) on a region or issue from the list provided; include context for this theme and a discussion agenda. Summarise the forum discussion in a report (800 -1000 words) to be submitted two weeks later.||50%||In Consultation||1, 2, 3.|
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|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
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|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Subject overview, definitions and introductory ideas
Heartland and Rimland
In contrast to Classical
From Imperial Age to Cold War
From Cold War to Multipolarity
Land, Sea, Air
Space and Cyberspace
China, Russia, India
Eastern Eurasia, Middle East, Africa
The question of American power, resources, technology, and others