The course, structured in two parts, seek to achieve several objectives. The first of these parts aims to summarize the theoretical and conceptual foundations of regional geography, from an eminently geopolitical perspective; the main explanatory theories of the politico-territorial structure and conflicts of today's world; and the processes of regional division and differentiation at different scales, with special attention to the case of Europe. The second part will analyse some representative state and regional actors in terms of the uneven global distribution of power, namely the United States, China and Africa. The final lesson of this second part will approach the bases and territorial conflicts of the Spanish "State of Autonomies".
LIST OF TOPICS
PART I: INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY. A GEOPOLITICAL PERSPECTIVE
LESSON 1. Regional geography and geopolitics.
LESSON 2. Major global geopolitical theories and doctrines.
LESSON 3. Regional divisions and differentiation processes in contemporary world. The case of Europe.
PART II: THE GEOGRAPHY OF WORLD POWER AND GLOBAL ORDER (OR DISORDER)
LESSON 4. The world seen from the United States:geopolitical basis and challenges of a global superpower.
LESSON 5. The rise of Chinese superpower.
LESSON 6. Africa: a peripheral region in the world-system.
LESSON 7. Introduction to geopolitics of the Spanish "State of Autonomies".