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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Geography, Institutions and Development

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
5
Кредиты

Автор программы


Бусыгина Ирина Марковна
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1, 2 модуль

Преподаватели

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course addresses the complex interaction of geographical and institutional factors of development. We will look at how geographical location influences prosperity, what is the impact of institutions, how institutions are affected by geography, and how institutions and geography interplay with each other.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 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
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Development, geography, and institutions
    The concept of development. The role of geography and institutions in development.
  • Borders as Institutions
    Border Studies, borders as institutions.
  • Political geography of Europe
    History of the political map of Europe. From non-territorial to territorial polities. Sub-regions of the European continent.
  • Political geography of Asia
    Political diversity of the Asian continent. Sub-regions of Asia. Quality of institutions in Asia. Major territorial conflicts.
  • Political geography of Africa
    Geography and institutions in Africa. Colonial origins of African states. African borders: why they are arbitrary and why they persist.
  • Political geography of Latin America
    Geography 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 America
    Geography and institutions in North America. Structure of space. The role of frontiers.
  • Political geography of Russia
    Russian geography and institutions. Russia's size and climate: impediments for development and opportunities. Inner politico-geographic divisions.
  • Modernization, institutions, and development
    The role of institutions and geography in modernization
  • Foreign Policy and Its Geographic Constraints and Opportunities
    The geographic factors of foreign policy.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in seminar activities
  • non-blocking Outline map quizzes
  • non-blocking Revision test
  • non-blocking Exam
    The instructor may exempt everyone from the exam. Students must be informed about this decision at the last seminar.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Outline map quizzes + 0.25 * Participation in seminar activities + 0.25 * Revision test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • John Agnew, & Luca Muscarà. (2012). Making Political Geography: Vol. 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.