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Geography, Institutions and Development

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
4 year, 1, 2 module

Instructors

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 how colonial legacy affects Africa's institutions and borders
  • knows how colonial legacy affects Latin America's institutions and borders
  • knows the differences between Africa's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows the differences between Asia's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows the differences between Latin America's subregions in terms of state institutions, culture, and geography
  • knows the political map of Africa
  • knows the political map of Asia
  • knows the political map of Europe
  • knows the political map of Latin America
  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Development, geography, and institutions
  • Borders as Institutions
  • Political geography of Europe
  • Political geography of Asia
  • Political geography of Africa
  • Political geography of Latin America
  • Political geography of North America
  • Political geography of Russia
  • Modernization, institutions, and development
  • Foreign Policy and Its Geographic Constraints and Opportunities
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

  • 2021/2022 1st module
  • 2021/2022 2nd 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.