Courses

 

GEO 105, World Urban Geography

The world today is defined by intensifying global connections and flows, and cities are some of the most important nodes in these processes of globalization. Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities – but these take tremendously different shapes globally. The motivating question of this course is: What geographic factors shape contemporary urbanism in diverse regions around the world? Students will learn about the distinctive cities and patterns of urbanism in the contemporary era of globalization through a world regional approach. This course focuses on contemporary trends with a rich array of case studies, and introduces students to key concepts in human geography, specifically at the intersection of urban, political, and cultural geography. Next offering: Fall 2017.


GEO 200, Geopolitics of Sport

Political geography is the study of the relationship between politics and geography. Sports offer a unique insight into how these relationships are defined and contested. As a critical introduction to sports geography, this course will focus on power and geopolitics. Introducing the key concepts of geopolitics through the case of sport and sporting cultures in diverse places around the world, this course will emphasize nationalism and state-making, territory, borders and mobility, and international conflict. Next offering: TBD.


GEO 372, Political Geography

This course reviews the field of political geography, which is the study of the relationship between politics and geography, and how people make sense of the world by associating political and moral values with various parts of the world (geopolitical imaginaries), and how they act on that map (geopolitical practices). This course is an intensive survey of the major topics and debates in the discipline, including nationalism, territory, borders and mobility, conflict and militarism, geopolitics, and gender. Next offering: Spring 2018.


GEO 400, Authoritarianism

This is an advanced seminar dedicated to theorizing the geography and geopolitics of authoritarianism. In addition to key texts on governmentality and political theory, it will cover scholarship on authoritarianism from a wide range of disciplines, including geography, history, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the broader goal of of the course is to develop a spatial approach to understanding the persistence of authoritarian practices of governing, the scales at which they manifest, and the kinds of subjectivities that they call into being. Next offering: Fall 2017.


GEO 610, Geographic Qualitative Methods
This seminar offers an advanced introduction to qualitative research methods in geography, rooting it in related social theory about power/knowledge. It will survey many of the key methodological tools in the discipline of geography, how they fit within the politics of knowledge production, and emphasize what a geographic perspective brings to qualitative social science inquiry more generally. Next offering: Spring 2018.


GEO 672, Geopolitics and the State

This is a graduate-level introduction to political geography. Informed by the subfield of critical geopolitics, it considers how people make sense of the world through the production and management of territorial space. This course introduces key themes and debates in critical geographic research on states, nationalism, borders, and territory – and their connection with geopolitical theories and the practice of foreign policy. Next offering: TBD.


GEO 810, Political Geography Seminar
Select topics in political geography theory. Past seminars have been “Territory and the State” (Spring 2013), “Space and Government: Foucault’s Geo-Politics” (Fall 2013), “Territory, centers, & peripheries” (Spring 2016). Next offering: TBD.

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