Geopolitics and International Relations

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geopolitics and International Relations

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    45
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
    Geopolitics is the art and practice of using political power over a given territory. Traditionally, the term has applied primarily to the impact of geography on politics, but its usage has evolved over the past century to encompass a wider connotation.
    In academic circles, the study of Geopolitics involves the analysis of geography, history and social science with reference to spatial politics and patterns at various scales (ranging from the level of the state to international). The term was coined by Rudolf Kjellén, a Swedish political scientist, at the beginning of the 20th century. Kjellén was inspired by the German geographer Friedrich Ratzel, who published his book Politische Geographie (political geography) in 1897, popularised in English by American diplomat Robert Strausz-Hupé, a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. Halford Mackinder greatly pioneered the field also, though he did not coin the term of geopolitics.

    GOALS
    At the end of the program the student will be able to learn what are the most important dynamics in International Relations and what are going to be the consequences in business and economics at country level.
    PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE
    International geography.

    CONTENTS
    Part A. Geopolitics. The past and the present.
    1 Introduction
    2 Survey of Geopolitcs
    3 Geopolitical structure and Theory.
    4 The Cold War and its aftermath
    5 North and Middle America
    6 South America
    7 Maritime Europe and The Magreb
    8 Russia and the Euroasian Convergence Zone
    9 The East Asia Geostrategic Realm
    10 The Asia Pacific Rim.
    11 South Asia
    12 The Middle East Shatterbelt
    13 The Sub-Saharan African Shatterbelt
    14 The future century in Geopolitics

    Part B: Geopolitics. The future
    1 The Dawn of the American Age.
    2 Earthquake: The US ?Jihadist War
    3 Population, Computers and Culture Wars
    4 The New Fault Lines.
    5 China 2020: Paper Tiger
    6 Russia 2020; Rematch
    7 American Power and the crisis of 2030
    8 A new world emerges
    9 The 2040: Prelude of war.
    10 Preparing for war.
    11 World war: A scenario.
    12 The 2020: A Golden Decade.
    13 The USA, Mexico and the struggle for the Global Heartland

    METHODOLOGY
    Theory and comments in class debating different points of view.

    GRADING
    Mid term exam: 40% Final exam: 40% Class participation: 20%