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Geostrategy and Resources 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

1. Define the concept of Geopolitics

2. Identify different concepts of geopolitical scope

3. Distinguish different geopolitical views

4. Identify vectors of continuity and rupture in geopolitical analysis

5. Identify and distinguish elements of classical geopolitics, new geopolitics and critical geopolitics in contemporary international politics

Recommended Prerequisites

Students must have a knowledge of the International Contemporary System as well as of the History of International Relations.

Teaching Metodology

As this course classes are theoretical-practical, they will be simultaneously have the presentation of the course contents by the professor (using the expository method) and debates by the students, based on recommended bibliographical resources or other to be defined in the class.

Body of Work

1. Geopolitics: Theoretical-conceptual approach

2. Classical geopolitics

3. German geopolitics

4. North-American geopolitics

5. Russian geopolitics

6. French geopolitics

7. Chinese geopolitics

8. Japanese geopolitics

9. New geopolitics

10. Critical geopolitics

11. Geopolitics of energy

12. Geopolitics of food

Recommended Bibliography

Cohen, Saul Bernard. Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations. London. Rowman & Littlefield. 2015.

Ó Tuathail, Gearóid; Dalby, Simon & Routledge, Paul. The Geopolitics Reader. London & New York: Routledge. 2nd edition. 2011
ISBN: 0415341485

Pezarat Correia, Pedro de. Manual de Geopolítica e Geoestratégia Volume 1 – Conceitos, Teorias, Doutrinas. Coimbra: Almedina. 2010
ISBN: 9789724042565

Pezarat Correia, Pedro de. Manual de Geopolítica e Geoestratégia Volume 2 – Análise Geoestratégica do Mundo em Conflito. Coimbra: Almedina. 2010
ISBN: 9789724042572

Complementary Bibliography

To be defined

Weekly Planning

Week 1
Presentation of the course and its topics
Methodological references on the assessment elements

Week 2
Geopolitics, geostrategy and geoeconomics: theoretical-conceptual approach

Week 3
Classical geopolitics

Week 4
German geopolitics

Week 5
North-American geopolitics

Week 6
Russian geopolitics

Week 7
French geopolitics

Week 8
Written test

Week 9
Chinese geopolitics

Week 10
Japanese geopolitics

Week 11
New geopolitics

Week 12
Critical geopolitics

Week 13
Geopolitics of energy

Week 14
Geopolitics of food

Week 15
Written test

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

This syllabus intends to embody the formative goals above mentioned (1 to 5). Thus, the theoretical-conceptual analysis (points 1) will allow the student to distinguish the concept of "geopolitics" from similar ones. Likewise, the evolution of the study of geopolitics and the integration of new elements will be present with the study of classical geopolitics, new geopolitics and critical geopolitics (points 2, 9 and 10).


The operationalization of the concepts covered will be carried out with the study of diverse geopolitical visions, of regional and global scope, with particular emphasis on the geopolitics of the main States of the international system (points 3 to 8).

Finally, students will be confronted with the importance of resources (energy and food resources) in defining the new geopolitics and critical geopolitics (points 11 and 12).

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

In order to achieve objectives 1 to 5, classes will be simultaneously have the presentation of the course
contents by the professor (using the expository method) and debates by the students, based on recommended
bibliographical resources or other to be defined in the class.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
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