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IRLS213 - Political Geography

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS213 Course ID: 3746 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

September 11 and its aftermath, the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia and debate over the nature and effects of globalization all highlight the importance of political geography as a means of understanding the world around us. This course examines the relationship between earth and state. World political phenomena are studied from a geographic perspective, including international boundaries, territorial seas, and landlocked states. This course emphasizes the practical application of geography to political events.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
CO-1: Explain the concepts of territory, the state, the nation, and nationalism in the context of geopolitical and cultural interaction among states and non-state actors.
CO-2: Describe the perceived distribution of resources within the international system, including geographic resources and perceptions of power.
CO-3: Apply the basic theories of political geography and international political economy to the global condition and current world order.
CO-4: Analyze how globalization impacts current and future trends in international integration.
CO-5: Compare the competing interests of state and non-state actors, including terror organizations, in the context of international legal, political, and environmental regimes.

Forum discussions – 25 percent
Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to 2 or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.
Midterm assignment - 25 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.
Progress assignment - 25 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.
Final assignment – 25 percent
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week One 3.13 %
Week Two 3.13 %
Week Three 3.13 %
Week Four 3.13 %
Week Five 3.13 %
Week Six 3.13 %
Week Seven 3.13 %
Week Eight 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %

• Required Course Textbooks (found in APUS e-Library):

Blacksell, Mark. 2005. Political Geography. New York: Routledge.

Chalk, Peter. 2008. The Maritime Dimension of International Security: Terrorism, Piracy and Challenges for the United States. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.

Fligstein, Neil. 2008. Euroclash: The EU, European Identity and the Future of Europe. Oxford University Press.

Frieden, Jeffry A. and David A. Lake, eds. 2010. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. New York: Routledge.


• External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

• Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

Book Title:Political Geography - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780415246682
Publication Info:Taylor & Francis Group
Author:Blacksell, Mark
Unit Cost:$52.65
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.