Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Borders and Spaces in the Mediterranean

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Arts

DESCRIPTION This study-unit integrates the international relations developed as a result of the geographies of political boundaries. The study-unit commences with a theoretical background to the subject under study with particular reference to theories underlining the different types of physical and man made boundaries with a particular emphasis on the study of geography and international relations. Emphasis will also be made on maritime boundaries especially with the evolving situation in the Mediterranean.

The unit examines the contemporary situations in Cyprus and North African States and the implications of borders and space on the development of their politics and international relations.

Study-unit Aims:

• To make students familiar with the overlap between the disciplines of geography and international relations;
• To value the importance of border and frontiers in the maintenance of security;
• To understand the role of the Mediterranean as both a border and a bridge;
• To be familiar with the location, extent and influence of the different case study scenarios.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• outline the discourse pertaining to the idea of the Mediterranean as a border and a bridge within the global context;
• show an understanding of the evolving concepts of borders and spaces in the study of geography and international relations;
• discuss the significance of different border nexus in the context of politics, economics, demographics and the media.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• develop their presentation skills through the seminars they will participate in;
• integrate visual aids and oral delivery in setting forth a well-structured argument;
• carry out research of an inter-disciplinary nature;
• use their spatial skills to analyse and value the areas occupied by different states, regions and the Mediterranean.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts
Abulafia, D. (2011 ) The Great Sea: a Human History of the Mediterranean. Allen Lane , London
Wilson, T.M & Hastings Donnan (eds) (2012) A Companion to Border Studies Wiley -Blackwell

Supplementary Readings
Blake, G.H. and Drysdale, A. (1985) The Middle East and North Africa: a Political Geography. OUP, Oxford
Clunan, A & Trinkunas, H.A (2010) Ungoverned Spaces Stanford Security Studies
Holland , R, (2012 ) Blue-Water empire: The British in the Mediterranean since 1800. Allen Lane, London
Steward, P (2011) Weak Links, Fragile States, Global Threats and International Security Oxford University Press

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Isabelle Calleja Ragonesi
Ranier Fsadni
Yasmin Anna Gunilla Khakee
Angela Pennisi Di Floristella
Carmen Sammut
Paul Sant Cassia
James Sater
John A. Schembri

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