Introduction to Geopolitics
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5 - 6
Hours & Credits
Geopolitics is traditionally the study of power relations across geographic space. Contemporary power relations entail the five domains of land, sea, air, outer space, and cyberspace. Such relations may be competitive or cooperative, restrictive or enabling, or a combination of both. Geopolitical constructs are examined across key regions of the world, and from different perspectives. The Western tradition of geopolitics is presented alongside non-Western geopolitical thinking from rising powers and their needs. Students are introduced to the classical geopolitical theorists, the impact of technological change, the quest for resources, security of lines of communication, and new 21st century issue areas.
Learning Objectives1. Acquiring an understanding of geopolitics as a mode of analysis and its historical development.
2. Competence in research, writing an academic document, and public speaking that demonstrates knowledge and insight into selected aspects of the subject.
3. Capacity for problem-solving and applying concepts.