The course introduces the geographic patterns of nations; geographic factors affecting the background and present development of countries. The course objectives: To trace the evolution of geopolitical ideas; to understand the development of group identities such as the nation and examine the linkages between these identities and the political organization of territory; to develop an appreciation for the effects of boundaries on economic, political and social processes and to identify the political and economic forces undermining the modern nation-state system.
1. Agnew, J. (1997) Political Geography. Edward Arnold, London.
2. Cohen, S. (2003) Geopolitics of the World System, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD, pp. 11-28; 33-59.
3. Newman, D. and Anssi P. (1998) Fences and Neighbours in the Post-Modern World: Boundary Narratives in Political Geography. Progress in Human Geography, pp. 2, 22, 186-207.
4. Storey, D. (2001) Territory, the Claiming of Space. Pearson Education Limited, London.
5. Taylor, P.J. (1994) The state as container: territoriality in the modern world-system. Progress in Human Geography, 18(2), 151-162.