Emphasizes the influence of geography on political systems and nation states. Discusses historic and current events including campaigns, wars, and treaties as functions of land, resources and energy requirements. Introduces the student to types and uses of maps. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To illustrate the relationships between a country or regionís location and the political and economic factors arising from that location.
ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES
It is preferable, but not mandatory, that the student take a college level world history course covering events since 1900 prior to enrollment.
A. To develop a better understanding of geographic location as a key influence on political and economic decisions.MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
B. To provide the opportunity for each student to complete a research paper on a historic or current event appropriate to political geography.
C. Case studies of selected historic and current events as functions of land, resources and energy requirements
E. Energy resources and political geography
F. Transportation systems and political geography
G. International trade and political geography