Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Political Geography ULI 357 5 3 + 0 3 5
Precondition Courses
Recommended Optional Courses
Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Doç.Dr. SİBEL AKGÜN
Course Lecturers Doç.Dr. SİBEL AKGÜN,
Course Assistants
Course Category
Course Objective The course seeks to define the concept of geopolitics, and examine the major theories on and approaches to geopolitics. It also examines the geopolitical position of Turkey from past to today, through a consideration of the importance of Turkey´s new geopolitical position. In this context, it scrutinizes alternative foreign policy strategies available before Turkey in this new geopolitical reality.
Course Content The course will first start with a theoretical examination of the concept of political geography and the characteristics of geopolitics. Second, the current developments in the international system and foreign policies of several countries will be analyzed from a geopolitical perspective. In conducting the course, students will be encouraged to do extensive research and the method of instruction will be based on interactive participation of students in class dicussions.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 To raise students´ awareness to the role of geography on foreign policies of countries. Lecture, Testing,
2 To provide students with conceptual tools that they can use to evaluate current issues in international relations which they encounter in other core courses. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
3 To hone students´ ability to explain international issues from the perspective of geopolitical theories. Lecture, Discussion, Group Study, Oral Exam,
4 To facilitate students´ understanding of basic conflict points in the international system and the importance of political geography at analyzing conflicts. Lecture, Testing,
5 To develop students´ ability to approach current issues from a theoretical perspective. Question-Answer, Discussion, Drilland Practice, Group Study, Testing, Homework,
6 To improve students´ comprehension of the effect of political geography on various issue areas in international relations. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Testing, Homework,
7 To improve students´ ability to follow current literature and analyze international events. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Homework,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Basic Concepts: Power, Map, Border, Territory etc.
3 Historical Evolution of Political Geography
4 Politics, Society and Space
5 Nationalism, Geography, Space and Indentity Politics
6 State, Gobalization and Political Space
7 Classical Geopolitics and Imperialism
8 Mid-Term Exam
9 Cold War Geopolitics
10 Critical Geopolitics 1: Critique and New Geography
11 Critical Geopolitics 2: Practice, Popular and Formal Geopolitics
12 Media, Propaganda and Geopolitical Imaginations
13 Movies
14 Conclusion and Assessment
Resources
Course Notes Yves Lacoste, Coğrafya Savaşmak İçindir, Ankara: Doruk, 2004<br>&#61607; Edward Sait, Şarkiyatçlık, Metis Yayınları, 2012<br>&#61607; Alexandra Defay, Jeopolitik, Dost Yayinlari, 2006<br>&#61607; Gary Guttin, Foucault, Dost Yayınları, 2010<br>&#61607; Kevin R. Cox, Murray Low and Jennifer Robinson, ?Introduction: Political Geography: Traditions and Turns? Kevin R. Cox, Murray Low and Jennifer Robinson (ed), The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography içinde, London: SAGE Publications Ltd. 2007, ss. 1-15 <br>&#61607; Guntam Herb, ?Politics of Political Geography?, Cox, Low and Robinson (ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography içinde, ss. 21-40.<br>&#61607; Richart Peet, İktidarın Coğrafyası: Küresel Ekonomi Politik Nasıl Yaratıldı, Özgür Üniversite Kitaplığı, 2011, ss/13-45.<br>&#61607; Özgür Adadağ, ?Haritanın Gör(me) Dediği?, Ali Vahit Turhan at all, Tarabya Çalışmaları içinde, İstanbul: Marmara Üniversitesi Nihat Sayar Eğitim Vakfı Yayınları, 2009. <br>&#61607; Joe Painter and Alex Jeffrey, Political Geography, SAGE, 2009, ss/4-19<br>&#61607; Gary Guttin, Foucault, Dost Yayınları, 2010<br>&#61607; Sezgi Durgun, Memalik-i Şahane?den Vatana, İstanbul: İletişim Yayınları, 2011, ss/49-60<br>&#61607; Dijking, Gertjan. Natiional Indentity and Geopolitical Vision: Maps of Pride and Pain, Routledge, 1996, ss. 17-36.<br>&#61607; Yilmaz Tezkan-M.Murat Tasar, Dunden Bugune Jeopilitik, Ulke Kitaplari, 2002, ss/ 23-140<br>&#61607; Michael Heffernan, ?Fin De Siécle, Fin Du Monde? On the Origins of European Geopolitics, 1890-1920, Klous Dodds and David Atkinson (edit), Geopolitical Traditions: A Century of Political Thought, London and New York, Routledge, 2000.<br>&#61607; Gearoid O Tuathail, ?Imperial Geopolitics: Introduciton to Part One?, (edit) Gearoid O Tuathail, Simon Dalby and Paul Rautledge, The Geopolitical Reader, Routledge, Seccond Edition, 2006, s. 19.<br>&#61607; Jason Dittmer, Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Human Geography in the New Millennium).<br>&#61607; Dodds, Klaus. Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2007, s/83-145<br>&#61607; ?Valley of the Wolves--Iraq: Anti-geopolitics Alla Turca,?? Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Vol. 2, No. 1, (2009), pp. 2-18.
Course Resources
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To research the functions, basic concepts and features of the international system; to learn the basic knowledge about the sub-topics of the international relations discipline. X
1 To research the functions, basic concepts and features of the international system; to learn the basic knowledge about the sub-topics of the international relations discipline. X
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations. X
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills. X
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations. X
5 To analyze the theoretical approaches to the foreign policy analysis and the functions of the decision-making process. X
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework X
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework X
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively X
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively X
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law X
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law X
9 To examine the theories of International Relations and to learn looking at international developments within the theoretical framework X
10 To analyze the Turkey´s political life historically and chronologically X
10 To analyze the Turkey´s political life historically and chronologically X
11 To learn the functions and the basic principles of domestic law X
11 To learn the functions and the basic principles of domestic law X
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics X
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples X
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples X
14 To research the issues of international security and the theoretical approaches relating to this field
15 To examine the events, occurring in the international system, within the theoretical perspective comparatively
16 To improve the analytical thinking skills about the international events
17 To learn the basic concepts and theories of Economics, Sociology, Political Science and other disciplines
18 To research the ideas of philosophers/thinkers who built the philosophical foundations of political science and to examine the contribution of these philosophical ideas to the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations
19 To gain basic computer skills
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 60
1. Kısa Sınav 10
1. Ödev 20
2. Kısa Sınav 10
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
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 2 32
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 115
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 4.6
dersAKTSKredisi 5