Checking date: 03/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Borders, nationalisms and identities
Study: Master in Geopolitics and Strategic Studies (346)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Geography, Contemporary History and Art

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
In addition to a series of general competences common in other subjects of this Master's degree, this subject aims to provide students with the following specific competences an learning results: - Ability to understand the main concepts, theories and approaches related to the study of borders, nationalism and territorial identities and their importance in geopolitical processes. - Ability to understand methodologies for the analysis of the role played by borders, nationalism and territorial identities in geopolitical processes. - Ability to understand and analyze the main conflicts, problems and current geopolitical challenges linked to borders, nationalism and territorial identities. - Ability to search, select and synthesize diverse sources of information on the subjects of the subject, as well as tho assess them critically. - Ability to understand and prepare reports of geopolitical and strategic nature, related to borders, nationalism and territorial identities. -Ability to present information in public about the topics of this subject.
Description of contents: programme
FIRST PART. GEOPOLITICS OF BORDERS Unit 1. Geopolitics of borders: concepts, themes and approaches. Unit 2. Border evolution through time. From pre-modern boundaries to current borders. Unit 3. Borders and boundaries productions: delimitation and demarcation processes. Unit 4. Control politics and border security. Cross-border cooperation. SECOND PART. GEOPOLITICS OF TERRITORIAL IDEOLOGIES AND IDENTITIES. Unit 5. Territory, nationalism and identity. Unit 6. Political regimes and national identities. Unit 7. Territorial divisions and regionalization processes. Unit 8. Territorial identities and geopolitical conflicts.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • AGNEW, J., ed.. Political Geography. A Reader. Routledge. 1996
  • ANDERSON, B. . Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Verso. 1983
  • ANDERSON, M.. Frontiers. Territory and State Formation in the Modern World. Polity Press. Cambridge
  • ATZILI, B., KADERCAN, B., eds.. Territorial designs and International Politics. Routledge. 2017
  • BRENNER, N. et al., eds.. State/Space: A Reader.. Blackwell. 2003
  • DIJKINK, G.. National Identity and Geopolitical Visions: Maps of Pride and Pain. Routledge. 1996
  • ELDEN, S.. Terror and Territory. The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty. University of Minnesota Press. 2009
  • HERB, G., KAPLAN, D.H., eds. . Nested Identities: Nationalism, Territory and Scale. Rowman & Littlefield. 1999
  • NEOCLEOUS, M.. Imagining the State. Open University Press. 2003
  • PAINTER, J., JEFFREY, A. . Political Geography: An Introduction to Space and Power. SAGE. 2009
  • PARKER, N., VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS, N.. Critical Border Studies. London/New York: Routledge.. Routledge. 2016
  • POPESCU, G. . Bordering and Ordering in the Twenty-First Century. Understanding borders. Rowman & Littlefield. 2012
  • PRESCOTT, V., TRIGGS, G. . International Frontiers and Boundaries. Law, politics and geography. Martinus Nijhof. 2008
  • WILSON, T. M., DONNAN, H., eds. . A Companion to Border Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2012

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