Course: Political Geography of the Near East

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Course title Political Geography of the Near East
Course code KAP/PGBV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
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. Political geography as a part of political science, methods, political map. 2. Middle East as a specific political-geographic region. 3. The formation of the region's contemporary boundaries - 19th century to c. 1920. 4. The formation of the region's contemporary boundaries - 1920-2000. 5. Geopolitics of the Middle East in relation to US and USSR power ambitions. 6. Geopolitics of the Middle East in relation to Arab states. 7. Geopolitics of the Middle East in relation to non-Arab states. 8. Centre and periphery in the Middle East. 9. Waterways in the Middle East. 10. Geopolitics of water and oil. 11. EU and Turkey. 12. EU and the Mediterranean. 13. Final test.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion, Self-study of literature
  • Contact hours - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 60 hours per semester
prerequisite
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
Graduates will understand the historical-political formation of the Middle East as a region and they will be able to put its development into global as well as regional context. They will be able to analyse the crucial phenomena of the region, especially the centre-periphery issues, migration,, and the question of water and other natural resources. They will be able to reflect on the most important characteristics of the Middle East and put them into context.
teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Self-study of literature
assessment methods
Combined exam
Recommended literature
  • Abu-Lughod, Janet L. Before European hegemony : the world system A. D. 1250-1350. 1st ed. New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. ISBN 0-19-506774-6.
  • Baar, Vladimír. Národy na prahu 21. století = Emancipace nebo nacionalismus?. Vyd. 1. V Šenově u Ostravy : Tilia, 2002. ISBN 80-7042-807-4.
  • Hnízdo, Bořek. Mezinárodní perspektivy politických regionů. Praha : Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a politiku, 1995. ISBN 80-85241-95-1.
  • Hrbek, Ivan. Dějiny Afriky : kniha první. 1. vyd. Praha : Svoboda, 1966.
  • Hrbek, Ivan. Dějiny Afriky. kniha druhá. 1. vyd. Praha : Svoboda, 1966.
  • Lewis, Bernard. Dějiny Blízkého východu. Praha : Lidové noviny, 1997. ISBN 80-7106-191-3.
  • Lewis, Bernard. Kde se stala chyba? : vliv Západu na Střední východ a jeho následná odpověď. 1. vyd. Praha : Volvox Globator, 2003. ISBN 80-7207-478-4.
  • M. Adas. Islamic and European Expansion. Philadelphia, 1993.
  • M. I. Glassner. Political Geography. New York, 1996.
  • Mendel, Miloš. Islámská výzva : z dějin a současnosti politického islámu. 1. vyd. Brno : Atlantis, 1994. ISBN 80-7108-088-8.
  • Wang, Gungwu. Global history and migrations. Boulder : Westview Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8133-3124-2.


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 Near Eastern Studies (12-4) Social sciences 3 Winter
Faculty of Philosophy and Arts International Relations and East European Studies (11-5) Social sciences 3 Winter