Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Critical Geopolitics ULI 533 0 3 + 0 3 6
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level yuksek_lisans
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. OSAMA AMOUR
Course Lecturers
Course Assistants Ahmet Biçer
Course Category
Course Objective 1. To analyse and examine the concepts of critical geopolitics
2. To analyse and examine the theories and debates that surround these concepts
3. To acquaint students with the most important literature on these subjects
4. To locate this literature in its appropriate historical context
5. To develop students´ ability to think cogently, rigorously and critically about the political causes, consequences and discourse of contemporary geopolitics
Course Content Geopolitics has been a feature of international political discourse since the era of high imperialism and colonialism dating back to the 19th century. This module provides a genealogy of geopolitics with a particular emphasis on the rehabilitation of geopolitics from its imperial and colonial associations. It also explores the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary geopolitical thought.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Critical methodologies and geopolitics 8,9,10 (See Source)
3 Int. to Classical Geopolitics 1,2,3 (See Sources)
4 Imperialism and Classical Geopolitical Perspective 4,5, (See Sources)
5 Ideological Geopolitics 6, 7 (See Sources)
6 Foreign Policy, Security and Discourse Analyses in Geopolitics 11, 12 (See Sources)
7 Exam Week
8 Geopolitics and Identity 15 (See Sources)
9 Postcolonial Geopolitics 21 (See Sources)
10 Popular Culture, Media and Geopolitics 18, 19 (See Sources)
11 9/11, Geopolitics and Terror 19, 20 (See Sources)
12 Geopolitical Culture: USA 20 (See Sources)
13 Geopolitical Culture: Europe 21 (See Sources)
14 Geopolitivcal Culture: Turkey 23, 24, 25 (See Sources)
Course Notes 1. John Agnew, Geopolitics: Revisioning World Politics, Routledge, 1998<br>2. Gearóid Ó Tuathail, Simon Dalby and Paul Routledge, The Geopolitics Reader, Routledge, 2006. <br>3. David Atkinson and Klaus Dodds, Geopolitical Traditions: Critical Histories of a Century of Geopolitical Thought: Critical Histories of a Century of Political Thought, Routledge, 2000, Bölüm 1<br>4. H.J. Mackinder, ?The Geographical Pivot of History,? The geographical Journal (Vol. 23, No. 4, 1904), 421-437.<br>5. Gerry Kearns, Geopolitics and Empire (Oxford), 2011<br>6. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West (Michigan, 2006)<br>7. Simon Dalby, Creating Second World War: The Discourse of Politics, The Guilford Press, 1990<br>8. G. Ó Tuathail (1999) Understanding Critical Geopolitics: Geopolitics and Risk Society in Geography, Geopolitics and Strategy, eds. Geoffrey Sloan and Colin Gray. London: Frank Cass, 1999.<br>9. Gearóid Ó Tuathail. Critical Geopolitics: The Politics of Writing Global Space. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.<br>10. S Dalby, G. Ó Tuathail (1994) The Critical Geopolitics Constellation: Problematizing Fusions of Geographical Knowledge and Power. Co-editors introduction to the special issue on Critical Geopolitics, Political Geography. 15, 451-456.4.<br>11. David Campbell, Writing Security, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1998.<br>12. Lene Hansen, Security as Practice: Discourse Analysis and the Bosnian War, Routledge, 2006.<br>13. Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the Invention of the West (Michigan, 2006)<br>14. Derek Gregory, The Colonial Present: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq(Blackwell, 2004)<br>15. Reviews of Gregory?s Colonial Present from Political Geography<br>16. Jason Dittmer, Popular Culture and Geopolitics: Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Human Geography in the New Millennium), 2011.<br>17. Michael J. Shapiro, Cinematic Geopolitics, Routledge, 2008.<br>18. Dalby, S. (2004). Calling 911: Geopolitics, security and America?s new war. In: Brunn, S. (ed.) 11 September and its aftermath: the geopolitics of terror. London: Frank Cass, pp. 61?86.<br>19. Pain, Rachel & Smith, Susan, Fear: Critical Geopolitics and Everyday Life. (Ashgate, 2008).<br>20. Dan Deudney, Bounding Power (Princeton University Press, 2008)<br>21. David Atkinson and Klaus Dodds, Geopolitical Traditions: Critical Histories of a Century of Geopolitical Thought: Critical Histories of a Century of Political Thought, Routledge, 2000<br>22. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Stratejik Derinlik: Türkiye?nin Uluslararası Konumu, Küre Yayınları, 2001.<br>23. Pınar Bilgin, ?Türkiye Coğrafyasında Yalnız Güçlü Devletler Ayakta Kalabilir?: Jeopolitik Gerçeklerin Türkiye?deki Kullanımları?, Evren Balta Paker ve &#288;smet Akça (Ed.), Türkiye&#8223;de Ordu, Devlet ve Güvenlik Siyaseti içinde, İstanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2010 <br>24. Lerna Yanık, ?Constructing Turkish ?Exceptionalism?: Discourses of Liminality and Hybridity in Turkish Foreign Policy?, Political Geography, Cilt. 30, Sayı: 2, 2011, ss. 80-89.
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having and using advanced knowledge and comprehension supported by textbooks including actual knowledge in international relations literature, materials and the other scientific resources
2 Analyzing data, ideas and concepts of foreign policy and international relations, determining complex events and topics, making discussions and developing new suggestions in accordance with researches
3 Having knowledge and thought about actual topics and problems together with their historical, social and cultural aspects
4 Introducing those who are interested in international events with the topics of international relations and teaching clearly the problems of international relations and the types of solutions
5 Having the skills to take initiatives, capacity for team-working and open-minded
6 Using Turkish well, having a good written and oral communication and also having ability of empathy
7 Having skill to improve career in the jobs such as attaché and ambassador
8 Having the skill about methods and techniques in reaching knowledge
9 Having conscious about professional and scientific ethics
10 Accessing, examining and elucidating with scientific methods to the knowledge of international relations and expanding literature about international relations
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 50
1. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 20
1. Performans Görevi (Seminer) 20
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 40
1. Final 60
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 4 64
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 1 5 5
Assignment 1 10 10
Performance Task (Seminar) 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 162
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 6.48
dersAKTSKredisi 6