701-0709-00L  Political Geography (University of Zurich)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersUniversity lecturers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
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UZH Module Code: 07SMGEO423

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701-0709-00 GPolitical Geography (University of Zurich)
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AbstractThis module explores the relationship between politics, space, power, and the environment. Political processes today take shape in a complex geographic context; at the same time, they also impact geography, actively writing space itself. This module brings those dynamics to the fore and locates them both in blatantly politicized sites.
Objective-> Become familiar with key thinkers, concepts, theories, and illustrative case studies in political geography and apply key geography concepts to a particular case.
-> Situate contemporary political events within global power relations, and political histories of colonialism, imperialism, and gendered violence.
-> Cultivate critical, decolonial, and feminist approaches to research, policy, and practice. By critical, we encourage students to ques,tion how ‘problems’ are framed rather than start with a ‘problem-solving’ mindset.
-> Distinguish scientific, peer-reviewed and research-based knowledge from popular media and disinformation.
-> Learn methodological skills necessary for academic research, encompassing considerations of ethics and power relations in the research process.
-> Writing skills: write thoroughly researched and concise texts that analyze a case study using geographical concepts and adequate references to the scientific literature.
-> Creative communication and Speaking Skills: Use the classroom as a safe space for dialogue and testing ideas respectfully, and apply artistic/ creative forms for communicating research (blogs, essays, podcasts, photography, film etc.)

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ECTS credits6 credits
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
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