|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||L723|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Richard Gale|
This module provides an introduction to political geography and its key concepts of place, space and power and how their interrelationships affect and shape contemporary life. It explores the key theoretical and empirical issues lying at the core of studies in political geography, including: the interface between politics and the spatiality of government; the rise of the state and territoriality; the interplay of nation and nationalism; the scalar politics of place; and the inter-state relations – ‘geopolitics’ – that create globally extensive geographies of power. The module is delivered through a combination of conceptual and case-study materials with the aim of dramatizing the relevance of political geography to contemporary global politics.
The module will be delivered through a combination of approaches, including: lectures, seminars, class debates/quizzes, Field Study Visits and guided independent study.
Whilst studying this module, students will practice and develop the following skills:
Students will be assessed through two mechanisms. The first is a written essay, which will explore an in-depth case-study, drawing on core concepts explored in the first half of the module. Feedback on this will provide the students with an opportunity to develop their thoughts in their second assessment, an unseen written examination. The combination of essay and examination in this module is to ensure both depth and breadth of student engagement
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If any students with disability are not able to participate fully in the group work, appropriate individual coursework will be set instead.
The potential for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer
|Examination - Spring Semester||50||N/A||
The module begins with the main theoretical and foundational concepts of space, power and territoriality; globalisation, geographical scales and the state; identity, place and difference. Thereafter, we move on to empirically grounded applications of these concepts through engagement with particular case-studies. These cases are organised according to the different spatial scales to which they relate, from the politics of neighbourhood and place attachment, through city governance and urban movements to nation-state relations and ‘realpolitik’. However, a key concern of the course is to instil an understanding of how the politics that pertain to different spatial scales are often mutually constitutive and reinforcing.
Agnew, J., Mitchell, K. and Toal, G. (Eds.) (2002) A Companion to Political Geography. Oxford: Blackwell.
Blacksell, M. (2006) Political Geography. London: Routledge.
Painter, J. and Jeffrey, A. (2009) Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power. Sage. London.
Taylor, P. J. and Flint, C. (2000) Political Geography. World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality. Prentice Hall: Essex. Fourth Edition.
Cox, K. (2002) Political Geography. Territory, State and Society. Oxford: Blackwell.
Dikshit, R. D. (Ed.) (1997) Developments in Political Geography. A Century of Progress. Sage Publications: London.
Gallaher, C., Dahlman, C., Gilmartin, M. and Mountz, A. (2009) Key Concepts in Political Geography. Sage. London.
Glassner, M. I. (1996) Political Geography. John Wiley and Sons: New York. Second Edition.
Jones, M., Jones, R. and Woods, M. (2004) An Introduction to Political Geography. London: Routledge.
Muir, R. (1997) Political Geography. An Introduction. Macmillan: London.