Checking date: 10/05/2018

Course: 2019/2020

Workshop on Geopolitical and Strategic Reports
Study: Master in Geopolitics and Strategic Studies (346)

Coordinating teacher: HIDALGO TRENADO, MANUEL

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic knowledge of Statistics.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Apart from general competences common to other subjects of the master's degree, this subject proposes, specifically, the ability to understand and prepare reports of geopolitical and strategic nature according to the specific methods and techniques of this type of documents. The most relevant learning outcomes acquired by the student are: - Applied knowledge to analyze geopolitical and strategic issues. - Ability to select indicators and measures to assess geopolitical and strategic issues. - Ability to present information in a graphic, written and oral way. - Ability to prepare and develop a scientific report in the field of geopolitics and strategic studies.
Description of contents: programme
- Introduction to the workshop - What is a report? Type of reports, objective, audience, success criteria - The process to write a report - Structure and writing of a report - Geopolitical videos: features and how to write a script - Geopolitical analysis with Big Data - Development of national and regional geopolitical reports
Learning activities and methodology
The subject combines theoretical / interactive sessions and practical sessions. The first ones present the essential aspects of the subjects of the course, while the practical activities will focus on the resolution of practical cases, sometimes in the computer room, the exhibition and discussion in class and the elaboration of papers reports individually or in a group. The tutorials will be in person and by video. The student can also use the email to communicate with the professors.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Bouchet, M.H., Fishkin, C. A., and Goguel, A. . Managing Country Risk in an Age of Globalization. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018.
  • Cottrell, S. . The Study Skills Handbook 2nd ed. Palgrave. 2003.
  • Howell, LL.D. . The Handbook of Country and Political Risk Analysis, 5th ed. . Political Risk Analysis. 2013.
  • Mort, S. . Professional Report Writing . Gower Publishing . 1995.
  • Peng, R. D. . Report Writing for Data Science in R. Leanpub. 2016.
  • Rioardan, D.G. & Pauley, S. E. . Technical Report Writing Today, 8th ed. Houghton Mifflin. 2002.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Atlantic Council. Our World Transformed: Geopolitical Shocks and Risks. Atlantic Council . 2017.
  • BBVA Research. Country Risk Report. A Quarterly Guide to Country Risks. BBVA Research . 2017.
  • Eurasia Group. Top Risks 2018 Report. Eurasia Group. 2018.
  • Stratfor. 2018 Annual Forecast. Stratfor. 2017.
  • World Economic Forum. The Global Risks Report, 13 ed. World Economic Forum. 2018.
(*) Access to some electronic resources may be restricted to members of the university community and require validation through Campus Global. If you try to connect from outside of the University you will need to set up a VPN

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.