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INTR11-101: Introduction to Geopolitics


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.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2020 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of geopolitics as a mode of analysis and its historical development.
2. Illustrate a competence in research, writing an academic document, and public speaking that demonstrates knowledge and insight into selected aspects of the subject.
3. Demonstrate a capacity for problem-solving and applying concepts.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018