Geography, Institutions and Development
- to shape adequate, robust and credible perceptions about political-territorial structure of the contemporary world and the reasons and consequences of its transformations
- to get familiar with geographic and institutional theories of development
- knows the differences between Africa's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
- knows how colonial legacy affects Africa's institutions and borders
- knows the differences between Latin America's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
- knows how colonial legacy affects Latin America's institutions and borders
- knows the differences between Asia's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
- understand the role of geographic factors in the political and economic development of the US and Canada
- understands the role of geographic factors in the political and economic development of Russia
- knows the political map of Europe
- knows the political map of Asia
- knows the political map of Africa
- knows the political map of Latin America
- Development, geography, and institutionsThe concept of development. The role of geography and institutions in development.
- Borders as InstitutionsBorder Studies, borders as institutions.
- Political geography of EuropeHistory of the political map of Europe. From non-territorial to territorial polities. Sub-regions of the European continent.
- Political geography of AsiaPolitical diversity of the Asian continent. Sub-regions of Asia. Quality of institutions in Asia. Major territorial conflicts.
- Political geography of AfricaGeography and institutions in Africa. Colonial origins of African states. African borders: why they are arbitrary and why they persist.
- Political geography of Latin AmericaGeography and quality of institutions in Latin America. The structure of Latin American space. Latin America and Africa compared: similar origins of states and borders, but different outcomes.
- Political geography of North AmericaGeography and institutions in North America. Structure of space. The role of frontiers.
- Political geography of RussiaRussian geography and institutions. Russia's size and climate: impediments for development and opportunities. Inner politico-geographic divisions.
- Modernization, institutions, and developmentThe role of institutions and geography in modernization
- Foreign Policy and Its Geographic Constraints and OpportunitiesThe geographic factors of foreign policy.
- Participation in seminar activities
- Outline map quizzes
- Revision test
- ExamThe instructor may exempt everyone from the exam. Students must be informed about this decision at the last seminar.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Outline map quizzes + 0.25 * Participation in seminar activities + 0.25 * Revision test
- Flint, C., & Taylor, P. J. (2018). Political Geography : World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality (Vol. Seventh edition). New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1802663
- John Agnew, & Luca Muscarà. (2012). Making Political Geography: Vol. 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.