Course: Geopolitics and Geostrategy

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Course title Geopolitics and Geostrategy
Course code KAP/GG
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Šanc David, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Geopolitics and geostrategy - object of study and relation to IR and political geography 2. Theory of strategy and history of wars 3. Law, politics, use of violence 4. Land, naval and aerial warfare 5. Deterrence, Monroe Doctrine, doctrine of "Near abroad" 6. Technology and warfare 7. Mental maps as sources of geopolitical approaches 8. English geopolitical school and German geopolitical school 9. theories of Empires 10. construction of data, quantitative analysis 11. geopolitics of energy resources and transport routes 12. critical geopolitics 13. geopolitics and geostrategy 14. analysis of geographic representations in political discourse 15. postcommunist geopolitics 16. cultural and social influences on geopolitical approaches

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Students' portfolio, Individual study, Textual studies, Seminar
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 45 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Graduate study programme term essay (40-50) - 40 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing the course, students will be able to: - define the object of study of geopolitics and geostrategy - identify their relation to IR and political geography - cite and describe theories of strategy and history of wars - differentiate among the terms law, politics, use of violence - classify and explain the terms Land, naval and aerial warfare - differentiate and compare different approaches within the field: English geopolitical school and German geopolitical school, theories of Empires - analyze construction of data, quantitative analysis - define geopolitics of energy resources and transport routes
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Seminar
Textual studies
Individual study
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Individual presentation at a seminar
Recommended literature
  • Baylis, John - Wirtz, James - Cohen, Eliot - Gray, Colin S. Strategy in the Contemporary World. An Introduction to Strategic Studies.. Oxford University Press,, 2003.
  • Hallion, R. P. Air Power Confronts an Unstable World.. Brassey´s,, 1997.
  • Hshieh, Chiao-Min. The Status of Geography in Communist China.. Geographical Review , 49, 4, s. 535-551., 1959.
  • Child, John. Geopolitical thinking in Latin America.. Latin American Research Review, 14, 2, s. 89-111., 1979.
  • Johnes, Stephen B. Global Strategic Views.. Geographical Review , 45, 4, s. 492-508., 1955.
  • Kristof, Ladis K.D. The Origins and Evolution of Geopolitics.. The Journal of Conflict Resolution 4, 1, s. 15-51., 1960.
  • Schnitzer, Ewald W. German Geopolitics Revived.. The Journal of Politics 17, 3, s. 407-423., 1955.
  • Toal, Gerard. Problematizing Geopolitics: Survey, Statesmanship and Strategy.. Transactions of the Institute of the British Geographers , 19, 3, s. 259-272., 1994.
  • Waisová, Šárka. Atlas mezinárodních vztahů : prostor a politika po skončení studené války. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7380-015-4.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Foreign Relations (10-3) Social sciences 1 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Political Science (15-3) Social sciences 1 Winter